Driven: 2012 Nissan Maxima

2012 Nissan Maxima SV

Base price (with destination): $35,210
Price as tested: $40,930

Standard Equipment:
290-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engine
Continuously variable automatic transmission
Power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering
Air-conditioning w/dual-zone automatic climate control
Power windows
Power door locks w/remote and passive entry
Keyless ignition
Power moonroof
Power seats
Leather upholstery
Bose AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system w/9 speakers, and USB and aux inputs
Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
Tilt & telescoping steering column
Body-color power mirrors w/turn signals
Fog lights
60/40 split-folding rear seats
Cruise control

Options on this vehicle:
Premium Package - $3300 - Dual-pane power moonroof
- Power rear window sunshade
- HID xenon headlights
- Premium leather-appointed seats
- Heated and cooled driver's seat
- Heated front passenger seat
- Heated steering wheel
- Power-adjustable steering column
- Shift paddles
- Automatic entry/exit system
- Memory for driver's seat, mirrors, steering column
- Auto-dimming driver's-side outside mirror
- Heated outside mirrors w/auto tilt-down
- Rear-seat trunk pass-through
- Rear-seat fold-down center armrest
- Atlantic Cherry wood trim
- 7-in color monitor
- Back-up camera
- USB connectivity
Premium Technology Package - $1850
- Navigation w/voice recognition and 7-in touch-screen
- XM NavTraffic and NavWeather
- Bluetooth streaming audio
Floor mats and trunk mat - $195

Key options not on vehicle:
Auto-dimming mirror w/compass and Homelink - $295
Sport graphic - $120

Fuel economy:
19 / 26 / 00 mpg

3.5L DOHC V-6
Horsepower: 290 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque: 261 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm


Continuously variable automatic

Curb weight: 3565 lb

8 x 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
245/40 R18 Goodyear Eagle RS-A tires

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A "sports car" with a CVT? Fahgeddaboudit. My Jaguar X may have fewer horses, but it's notchy, slick 5 speed is a joy to use, and that's just the beginning. Oh, and BTW, it HAS all wheel drive. The Maxima is "sporty" in name only. Bah humbug.
I've got a 1993 Nissan Maxima SE. It has now got over 260,000 miles on it. I looked to buy a new one with each new generation but I thought none of them were an improvement, in performance or appearance. I get a kick now out of all the attention paid to new interiors with "soft-touch" surfaces and quality materials. My SE has had those since 1993. The body is now rough but the interior is still nice and the drive train is still strong. It was and is a good-quality car.
The Maxima is a great car it just that its so many more cars to choose from that gives you more it has seen better days, make it rear wheel drive and the car will sell more then ever....
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@PapuD UK, 1998 Primera GT (Infiniti G20 for USA),  220.000 miles. Still strong and beautiful, and exactly as you say, I too cannot find anyhing newer that's better or come near to what this car does.   I do concour there's so much hype over pretty nothing new on these modern-day cars. Keep it going!

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