- sedan 162,990
- Grand Prairie, TX
- 4 months
- sedan 162,990 gasoline grey automatic
2012 nissan maxima review this car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale. Drivers who take driving seriously don't usually like cvts for their lackluster performance and snowmobile-like behavior, but nissan is particularly good at cvts and this one allows the driver to switch into a manual mode with six pre-set ratios. the maxima shares its platform, its basic structure, with the altima and murano, but its major bits and pieces are stiffer, providing a firmer ride and more precise steering feel. The maxima also features a notably wide track, which helps the car handle the corners on its wide tires. the 2012 nissan maxima gets a freshened grille and taillights, as well as updated interior trim. A new limited edition package for the 2012 maxima upgrades over the base model with sportier exterior trim and premium features. the maxima is a great looking, assertive sedan with high style and fine detailing. It doesn't look like anything else in the nissan lineup. inside, the maxima cabin is driver-focused and does a good job keeping its plethora of buttons in a logical, easy-to-use formation. The maxima's dimensions are snugger than in some of the other cars in its class, most notably in trunk space and in rear headroom, the latter due to the car's low roofline. fuel economy for the 2012 nissan maxima is an epa-estimated 19/26 mpg city/highway or 22 mpg combined. It also comes with 18-inch alloy wheels and a sunroof. the maxima limited edition package for s models 710) includes a unique grille and 18-inch dark silver alloy wheels, hid xenon headlights with smoke-tinted lenses, foglights and a rear spoiler. (all prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices, which do not include $780 destination charge and may change at any time without notice.) maxima sv 35,120) adds to the base s equipment foglights, leather upholstery, a driver-seat manual thigh-support extender and power lumbar support, and a nine-speaker bose audio system with satellite radio. The monitor package 700) adds a 7-inch touchscreen electronics interface, 2gb of digital music storage, an rca auxiliary audio-video jack, a rearview camera and an ipod/usb audio interface. The cold package 400) adds heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and heated mirrors. Xenon high-intensity discharge headlights are also available 400). Brand styling themes are evident, but the look is unique in nissan lineup. every exterior body panel on the car shows adventurous and modern design and shaping. The fenders bulge at the wheelwells front and rear, accented by character lines along those bulges. The hood has similar bulges, and they all lend a sporty appearance. On each side, the door skins are pulled in from the fenders and flattened out so that the whole body has a coke-bottle shape, with a short nose, a short deck, a long, sloping roof and a bmw-style c-pillar curvature. The grille, headlamps, and led taillamps are large and fit well into the whole exterior design. interiorthe maxima's place at the top of the nissan lineup is most evident from the driver's seat. The design, materials, and execution of the interior are top-notch. The interior includes a few items right out of the nissan parts bin. The radio and navigation control panel sit at the top of the center stack, backed up by lower controls with large, very readable labels and markings. The instruments are black with white numbers that are lit even during daytime driving. The hefty three-spoke steering wheel has redundant controls for the audio system, and is available with huge paddle shifters that will never be out of reach for a quick shift. The floor shifter is located to the left of the center console, for those who want to shift via the stick instead of the paddles. the available music box hard-drive radio holds thousands of songs, and drivers can plug their ipods and mp3 players into the available usb port to listen to songs that way. The driver's seat is multi-adjustable, especially in the sport package version that we drove, and very huggy and comfortable. Headroom and legroom are generous for most drivers, though the very tall will want more of both. the rear seat doesn't have as much space as we would expect for a car of this size. So is headroom for those of average height. However, taller occupants will want for more headroom due to the car's coupe-like roofline. The seats themselves are fairly supportive, though. Nissan designed the maxima primarily with two people in mind, with the back seat designed for occasional use. The rear seat that comes standard folds 60/40, which adds considerable space. The sport and premium packages have a fixed rear seat with a cargo pass-through in the center for occasional hauling or ski trips. While that may be going a bit far, it certainly is a sports sedan. Front-wheel drive means it isn't as naturally balanced as rear-wheel-drive cars such as the infiniti g or bmw 3 series or cadillac cts. However, the maxima has six engine mounts, and the engine is mounted quite low in the chassis for a lower center of gravity and better handling. The suspension uses aluminum components and a geometry chosen for handling capabilities. We found the front-wheel-drive generates virtually no torque-steer, even under full throttle, an impressive bit of tuning on nissan's part. we found the nissan maxima sv sport felt agile, glued to the road and ready to play, with no hint of harshness in the ride. the speed-sensitive power rack-and-pinion steering system is shared with the 370z sports car, and it makes the driver feel connected, truly part of the steering and driving process, and it's never over-boosted. the brakes have vented rotors both front and rear, for superior fade-resistance and added braking power under severe conditions. the maxima comes with a strong, responsive 3. 5-liter v6 engine. With 290 horsepower at 6400 rpm and 261 pound-feet of torque at 4400 rpm, the v6 is at the top of th.
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