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2013 Nissan Maxima S

2013 Nissan Maxima Review

(0 Stars)  An upscale sedan that is quick but not sporty.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

New For 2013
After a mild face-lift for 2012, the Maxima receives only minor changes this year. A new SV Value Package bundles a Bose sound system, heated front seats, heated mirrors, and a heated steering wheel. The new Bose Audio Package features a nine-speaker Bose audio system with satellite radio. The Sport Package adds a backup camera, a cooled driver’s seat, and “dark hyper silver” nineteen-inch wheels.
Overview
Nissan advertises its Maxima as a sport sedan, a description embodied by aggressive “Liquid Motion” styling, a wide track, and large wheels with low-profile tires. Despite a gutsy V-6 engine with 290 hp, the Maxima’s front-wheel-drive layout and continuously variable transmission preclude us from deeming it a true sport sedan. The Maxima handles well, but it is ultimately too large and too heavy for back-road thrills. Whereas early Maximas were genuinely exciting and even offered manual transmissions, today’s Maxima is an upscale sedan that offers a mix of luxury and comfort for a reasonable price. In that respect, the Maxima succeeds admirably. The ride is well damped and comfortable. The large exterior surrounds a cabin with adequate—but not generous—space for six-foot passengers in the back seat. The interior has a nicely trimmed dashboard, an attractive control layout, and generous seats finished in supple leather (base models have cloth seats). The wide-ranging list of features includes navigation with real-time traffic information, an audio system with a 9.3-gigabyte hard drive, heated and cooled seats, a backup camera, and a dual-pane sunroof. The Maxima is a good choice in the near-luxury sedan segment, as long as you keep in mind that it’s not as sporting as advertised.

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2013 Maxima S Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.5L V 6 DOHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 19 MPG city, 26 MPG highway, 22 MPG combined and 440 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
20.0gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 290 hp @ 6,400 rpm; 261 ft lb of torque @ 4,400 rpm

'13 Nissan S Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Windows
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Trip Computer
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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