Nissan markets the 2012 Maxima as a four-door sports sedan, and in some ways, it lives up to that billing. Stylish and fast, the Maxima also delivers an attractive interior and a quiet ride.
The 2012 Nissan Maxima is a front-wheel-drive midsize sedan that seats five. Nissan offers the Maxima in S and SV trims. A V6 engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) are standard.
Changes for 2012 include a revised grille, taillights and interior. A Limited Package rolls out for the SV trim, adding special wheels, a rear spoiler and other appearance upgrades.
The 2012 Nissan Maxima offers an assertive stance, delivering a look reminiscent of a coupe. Its front fascia is marked by a narrow horizontal grille flanked by wing-like headlamps. The sinuous hood gives the Maxima a muscular appearance. More curves run along the profile. The sedan’s falling roofline leads to a raised rear deck decorated by wing-like tail lamps and dual exhaust tips.
Nissan equips the Maxima with automatic headlights, dual power side mirrors, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and a power sliding moonroof. Options include high-intensity-discharge xenon headlamps, fog lights and heated side mirrors. Some models include a dual-panel moonroof with power-retractable sunshades and a rear spoiler.
The Maxima’s interior is a cut-above for this segment. Sporty instrument panels, piano black trim and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob deliver an attractive look similar to Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury brand. The front bucket seats are comfortable, offering standard power control with lumbar support of the driver. The rear compartment has a 60/40-split fold-down rear seat. For the most part, the rear section is comfortable, although the falling roofline cramps tall passengers. The rear seat also folds, providing access to the 14.2-cubic-foot trunk.
Standard equipment includes power front seats, dual-zone climate control and push-button start. Upgrades bring in leather seats, heated and cooled front seats, and a heated steering wheel. Other options include a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, real wood trim, a three-bucket rear seat layout and a power rear-window sunshade.
The Nissan Maxima lives up to that sport sedan label, supplying superior steering and handling. The engine is well-suited for this sedan, moving it to 60 mph from a dead stop in about six seconds. The only drawback is the continuously variable transmission, which doesn’t provide control on par with your typical gear-shifting automatic.
One engine powers the 2012 Maxima, a 3.5-liter V6 with 290 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque. Nissan pairs this engine with the CVT. This sedan makes an EPA-estimated 19/26 mpg city/highway.
Nissan supplies the 2012 Maxima with an eight-speaker audio system. This system includes a CD player and an audio input jack. Upgrades include a nine-speaker audio system with satellite radio, Bluetooth music streaming and a USB port. A navigation system is optional. A rearview monitor is included in an SV package upgrade.
"This car drives great, feels smooth and comfortable on the road. The CVT transmission is a little quirky around town. It hums or whines a little and often feels like it is not quite in the right gear around town. On the highway, this car really shows it's stuff. I am not a crazy person but this thing cruises at 90 just as well as it cruises at 60 mph. It is smooth! The MPG is not wonderful at around 26 combined but the ride is worth it. I only run mid grade gas in the car and it does just fine. bottom line, buy it if you can get a good deal on a used one. One other issue is that it is somewhat expensive to insure so check on that before you buy."
"I bought this car for the sleek style, amenities, and room!! I have owned it for 6 months and I am still absolutely in love with it. Heating and cooling seats, heated steering wheel, nav, back up camera, retracting window screen in rear, double sun roof...it's just amazing" Read Less
by MG on September 23, 2015
"Bought the Maxima based on friends and relatives that have a Nissan and have had great success.
My wife drives to work daily.
Just drove it from Denver, Co to SW Missouri. Rides well, performs very well. We both commented that it is a nice travelling car. Gas mileage could be better, but we knew this and it wasn't terrible for the size car it is. Got 26.3 on the highway on long trip." Read Less
by Richard on August 5, 2015
"This was supposed to be a sporty looking car that got great gas mileage for frequent travel. However Nissan has continued down their path of horrible implementation of the CVT in this model year, however without the extended warranty of the previous flawed generation. Nissan further screws over the consumer by making the CVT replacement a whole unit replacement only able to be purchased through Nissan. Replacement quotes have ranged from $3800 to $4500, for a CVT that had 86k miles. Never buying a Nissan again and looking to unload this hunk of junk asap." Read Less
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2012 Nissan Maxima Pricing
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The price range for the 2012 Nissan Maxima is $7,498 - $12,688.
The average selling price is $10,152.
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$32,420 - $35,120
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$7,498 - $12,688
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