2012 Nissan Maxima

S FWD 4-Dr Sedan V6

S FWD 4-Dr Sedan V6

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2012 Nissan Maxima
2012 Nissan Maxima
Nissan touts the Maxima as a sport sedan, which explains the aggressive "Liquid Motion" styling, wide track, and large wheels with low-profile tires. A gutsy V-6 engine with 290 hp makes the Maxima reasonably quick, but its front-wheel-drive layout and lethargic CVT preclude us from deeming it a true sport sedan. The Maxima handles well for a full-size sedan, 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 continues the exterior's near-luxury theme with a nicely trimmed dashboard, 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. Fuel economy is about average compared with that of similarly sized V-6 sedans. 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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Though Nissan has relied on CVTs to bring its green quotient up, the Japanese automaker is also counting on design to get its cars sipping less fuel, focusing primarily on cutting vehicle weight, improving aerodynamics, and reducing engine and transmission friction. Along with expected debut dates for each Nissan car, take a look at the automaker's potential future below. Nissan Cars Godzilla may produce offspring, as the report says Nissan is planning an "undetermined" number of GT-R variations to arrive sometime between 2014 and 2016. Before that happens, though, Nissan's next 370Z will arrive in 2014 as a 2015 model, with a leaner body, and perhaps a smaller front-drive sibling dubbed the Mini Z. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the affordable Versa hatchback will arrive next spring as a 2013 model with bolder and sportier styling, including a more angular front end and more sharply raked roofline at the rear. The Maxima will see changes similar to those made to the 2013 Altima, which is lighter and more fuel-efficient than its predecessor. Expect to see the redesigned Maxima in 2014 or 2015. Those who have been waiting for the Nissan Leaf to drop in price may be in luck, as the price will be changed for the better as a result of moving production from Japan to Smyrna, Tennessee. Instead of a redesign, the main focus for the Leaf is extending battery range so green-conscious shoppers can have more confidence in an all-electric car without having to suffer from range anxiety. Nissan Trucks/SUVs Just like how families’ needs have changed, so has the Pathfinder. With about two more months to go until it arrives in showrooms, the Pathfinder has softened up its appearance while still maintaining its off-road prowess. Ditching the body-on-frame construction for a unibody structure will help it achieve better fuel economy, with estimates reaching for 20/26 mpg city/highway. Its 3.5-liter V-6 replaces the outgoing SUV's 4.0-liter, with which it will be paired with an updated CVT. Changes for Nissan's smaller off-roader, the X-Terra, won't be as drastic, with a reskin scheduled for 2014. Don't expect major changes for the Juke either, though a refresh is set for 2014, and the hot-rodded Juke-R continues limited production on a built-to-order basis. The popular-selling Rogue already has a winning formula, but Nissan hopes to improve it by incorporating styling cues found on the Hi-Cross concept, which debuted at the Geneva show earlier this year, in the new car's design. Though powertrain specifics haven't been revealed, it's possible the revised crossover will use something similar to the concept's hybrid drivetrain coupled to a direct-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine when it debuts in 2014. The third-generation Murano, on the other hand, will arrive one year later in 2015. New sheetmetal is in store for the Frontier, which is scheduled to arrive in 2014. The new skin, designed with aerodynamics in mind, will help it achieve more mpgs, while production moves to Canton, Mississippi. As for full-size Titan pickup and Armada SUV, both are on the same schedule, though it's unclear when we'll see the new versions. The Titan's redesign, scheduled for 2014, is being dragged out as a result of the strain put on engineering resources by the 2011 Japan earthquake. Automotive News reports Nissan is considering offering different variations of the full-size truck, including a regular cab body style. That would be a first for Nissan, and offering the truck with a smaller-displacement engine option along the lines of the F-150 EcoBoost is also a possibility. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)  
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The Maxima is a storied nameplate, at least at Nissan. It's actually older than the Nissan name in the United States, as it dates back to the Datsun days. For a long time, the Maxima enjoyed a reputation as a fast, comfortable, sporting machine, back when most Japanese sedans were depressing econo-boxes. Years ago, it was advertised as "the four-door sports car." Recently, Nissan has resurrected that claim. But is that still the case?

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2012 Nissan Maxima Specifications

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3.5L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
19 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
26 MPG
290 hp @ 6400rpm
261 ft lb of torque @ 4400rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
36,000 miles / 36 months
60,000 miles / 60 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
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IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
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