2013 Nissan Maxima

S FWD 4-Dr Sedan V6

S FWD 4-Dr Sedan V6

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2013 Nissan Maxima
2013 Nissan Maxima

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
2014 Nissan Maxima Front Three Quarters
The Nissan Maxima is due to be replaced next year, but the large sedan carries on with a few equipment changes for 2014.
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When the next versions of the Nissan Maxima sedan and Murano crossover debut in two years' time, they will have much more interesting designs that will take the industry by surprise. That's the promise of Nissan global design chief Shiro Nakamura, who told Automotive News that both the new models will have dramatic designs. "When we did the first Murano [in 2002], we shocked people," Nakamura told Automotive News. "We'd like to make another shock." Nissan is said to be taking design inspiration for the third-generation Murano from the Terra concept. Scheduled to debut at the Paris Motor Show, the Terra is a wild fuel-cell concept car with elevated ground clearance, a chopped roofline, and torque-vectoring all-wheel drive. While the outlandish vehicle won't ever hit showrooms, some of its styling will inform the design of the new Murano. A new version of the Nissan Murano is expected to debut in 2014, at which time production of U.S.-spec versions will shift from Japan to Tennessee. Building the popular model on American soil will help Nissan keep profits higher than if the car were exported from Japan. The first Nissan Murano debuted in 2002, and a new version was introduced in 2009. Designer Nakamura also told AN that the next Maxima sedan would have a significantly more interesting appearance. A new Maxima is expected in 2014 or 2015, and will be lighter and more fuel-efficient than the current model. The current Nissan Maxima has been on sale since 2009. "The market is becoming very competitive in that segment. The next Maxima will be very aggressive," Nakamura said. Of course, we've heard Nissan over-promise exciting design several times before. Back in 2009 we were told the Maxima would return to its sporty past and have an aggressive, four-door coupe design. Instead, the current Maxima turned out to be a stretched, engorged version of the Altima. Its creased and rippling sheetmetal was certainly alluring, but far less exciting than what we expected from Nissan's promises. Source: Automotive News

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2013 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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NHTSA Rating Rollover
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
IIHS Rear Crash
IIHS Roof Strength
IIHS Front Small Overlap

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