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.


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.


Front, side, and side curtain air bags are standard, as are stability and traction control, ABS with brake assist, and a tire-pressure monitoring system. A backup camera is optional.

You’ll like:

  • Powerful V-6 engine
  • Comfortable ride
  • Upscale interior

You won’t like:

  • Somewhat tight back seat
  • Not very sporty
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  • No manual transmission

Key Competitors For The 2013 Nissan Maxima

  • Acura TL
  • Chrysler 300
  • Ford Taurus
  • Lincoln MKS

Sum Up

An upscale sedan that is quick but not sporty.

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