2012 Nissan Maxima

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Updated on: June 2, 2021

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For the ones looking to strike a perfect balance between a large practical sedan that is also more on the affordable side and not break the bank, the Nissan Maxima offers an appealing option with its engaging driving dynamics and high-quality construction. Strong engine, well-tuned suspension setup, and athletic handling, all work in the favor of this large sedan from Nissan. 

It offers mostly the same amount of luxury, performance, and equipment as its sister brand, Infiniti, in a much more reasonable pricing package, and it goes up against the likes of similarly priced Toyota Avalon and a bit pricier Acura TL. With the prices starting at $33,200, the 2012 model gets an updated front grille design, refreshed taillights, a few interior trim updates, and a new add-on package.

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Pros

Strong acceleration performance

High-quality interior materials

High-quality interior materials

Accurate steering

Cons

Optional features stuffed into expensive packages

Does not have the premium brand image as its competitors

What's New?

Refreshed front grille design

Refreshed tail lights

Updated interior trim

New Limited Edition add-on package


2012 Nissan Maxima Consumer Reviews and Ratings

7.9

based on 95 ratings


8.1/10 Features
8.2/10 Interiors
8.3/10 Design
8.2/10 Safety
8.1/10 Reliability
8.1/10 Deal Value

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Donna

2012 Nissan Maxima

S w/Limited Edition 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: June 2, 2021

Best of Maxima

Pros - Safety and fuel economy

Cons - Slow transmission shift

appreciable qualities at good price "good safety features and crash scores Good fuel economy @ Just $ 32420 But slow in shifting"

8/10
Features
8/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
8/10
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ES

Edward E. Sosa

2012 Nissan Maxima

SV w/Sport Package 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 4, 2021

Sporty luxe sedan

Pros - Sporty handling,

Cons - Harsh ride quality

Sporty ride and styling, but harsh ride quality Most of the things are very good in my Maxima, but I do regret with some options. Let's start with the positive vibes. Right from the stylish looks to luxe interiors to the enjoyable ride eveything makes Maxima awesome. I especially like the smoked headlights, rear spoiler, and metallic-looking interior trim. The tuning to the suspension system gives a flare of sportiness and makes the ride a fun. And the muscular V6 engine is the main factor contributing to this athleticism. But the ride quality is quite inclined towards the harsh side, which usually doesn't seem fun. It can actually be painful on long family trips. This makes me feel sometimes that dropping the Sport Package would have been a nice call. The interiors feel premium with leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, driver's seat manual thigh support extender with power lumbar, and Bose premium 9-spaker audio system. These people are welcoming, and frankly, they speak the truth and get points cleared out. So there is nothing to blame or regret later on.

8/10
Features
9/10
Interior
10/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

TH

Tami J. Hereford

2012 Nissan Maxima

SV 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

5

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 29, 2021

2012 Nissan Maxima

Pros - Ride quality. Cabin materials. Affordable.

Cons - Ill-suited CVT. Small cabin. Boot space.

An average 2012 sedan Honestly, I chose the Maxima for the great price it was listed on and Nissan's reliability rating. It definitely is a large, flagship sedan from 2012. But, certainly felt outdated within no time. The only positives form the car being a smooth ride quality and feel-good interior design. Despite being a big sedan offering, the cabin isn't overly spacious. The rear seats feel quite cramped with three people onboard. Also, the sloping roofline makes headroom quite less. There isn't much small storage spaces also. Even the trunk is quite modest in size. The car has been running alright but there isn't anything particularly great that requires any mentioning! I was lucky enough to find the Maxima for such a honest pricing. The sales staff were humble folks. They helped me find a car just suited under my budget.

6/10
Features
5/10
Interior
7/10
Design
6/10
Safety
6/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
7/10
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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$32420

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

147 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

213 cu.in.

horsepower

290 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

261 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

2-speed CVT w/OD and auto-manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

109.3 in.

length

190.6 in.

width

73.2 in.

height

57.8 in.

curb weight

3556 lbs.

ground clearance

6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

95.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

payload capacity

1133 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/22/26 mpg

highway range

520 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

S $32,420 onwards

290 hp @ 6400 rpm | 3.5 L | V6 | premium unleaded

  • 18" Silver Aluminum Wheels
  • ABS and driveline Traction Control
  • AM/FM Stereo, Seek-Scan Radio
  • Cloth Seat Trim
  • Driver Lumbar Support
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Keyfob (all doors) Remote Keyless Entry
  • Sliding & Tilting Glass Sunroof

SV $35,120 onwards

290 hp @ 6400 rpm | 3.5 L | V6 | premium unleaded

  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • Leather Seat trim
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite, Seek-Scan Radio
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Colors and Styles

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

8.3

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.5

Safety

8.5

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.1

Overall Rating


The Nissan Maxima with its premium price tag might feel a bit expensive for the brand it comes from, but it has a lot to offer as compared to the rivals in the segment. Strong performance, precise steering, and an excellent infotainment system are some of the USPs of the sedan. The optional features are included within the expensive packages which might be of concern for budget-conscious buyers, else, the sedan is a brilliant product from Nissan.


8.0/10
Pricing and Features

8.3/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.5/10
Exterior

8.5/10
Safety


2012 Nissan Maxima Pricing and Features

8.0/10

The 2012 Nissan Maxima is available with many optional packages alongside the two S and SV trims. There isn’t much price difference between the two trims as most of the necessary features are packed into the base S trim itself, and the SV trim adds a hint of luxury to it in the name of HID Xenon headlights, leather upholstery, and better seat adjustability alongside a few more creature comforts.

Trims

S

SV

MSRP

$33,200

$35,900

Key Features

3.5L, 290 hp V6 engine

S trim plus;

 

Dusk Sensing Headlamps

High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Xenon Headlights

 

Dual Zone Front Climate Control

Universal Remote Transmitter

 

8-speaker Bose audio system

3 Months Of Paid Satellite Radio Service

 

Heated Mirrors

Driver Seat With Manual Adjustable Lumbar Support

 

Cloth Upholstery 

Leather Upholstery

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The SV trim should be the preferred choice as nobody buys a large sedan just for its bare essentials. Also, there isn’t much price difference between the two trims and the add-on packages tend to get very expensive. Overall, the SV trim brings better value for money in the lineup.

2012 Nissan Maxima Engine and Performance

8.3/10

The 2012 Nissan Maxima is available with only a single powertrain option which includes a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine mated with a CVT transmission that powers the front wheels only. The engine output is rated at 290 horsepower and 261 lb-ft of torque, which helps the car reach 60 mph from a standstill in 6.4 seconds, while the quarter-mile is covered in just 14.8 seconds.

Model

Nissan Maxima S

Acura TL Base

Toyota Avalon Base

MSRP

$33,200

$36,600

$33,990

Engine

3.5L, Naturally Aspirated V6

3.5L, Naturally Aspirated V6

3.5L, Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

290 hp @ 6,400 rpm

280 hp @ 6,200 rpm

268 hp @ 6,200 rpm

Torque

261 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

254 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm

248 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

6.4

6.6

6.8

Quarter-mile (sec)

14.8

14.9

14.9

Top Speed (mph)

131

134

145

The Nissan Maxima, despite being the most affordable car here, has the highest engine output, and hence is the fastest in the acceleration tests as well. The most expensive Acura TL comes in second place, whereas the Toyota Avalon is placed last, thanks to its lower power and torque output. When it comes to top speed, Toyota Avalon is the fastest at 145 mph.

2012 Nissan Maxima Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The large dimensions of the car do not provide help in any way to the large V6 engine, which in itself isn’t known for real efficiency. The Nissan Maxima is rated by the EPA for a maximum of 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, whereas the combined fuel economy is rated for 22 mpg. The large 20-gallon gas tank does aid in providing a longer driving range of well over 400 miles on a single tank of gas.

Model

Nissan Maxima S

Acura TL Base

Toyota Avalon Base

MPG (City)

19

20

19

MPG (Highway)

26

29

28

MPG (Combined)

22

23

23

Fuel Capacity (gal)

20.0

18.5

18.5

Range (City / Highway / Combined) (miles)

380 / 520 / 440

370 / 537 / 426

352 / 518 / 426

The Acura TL and the Toyota Avalon have almost identical fuel-efficiency ratings and an identical fuel tank capacity and hence have similar driving ranges as well. Although the Nissan Maxima has a marginally higher fuel consumption, the fuel tank of 20 gallons proves useful in providing a bit longer driving range than the other two. 

2012 Nissan Maxima Interior

8.0/10

To match up with the more premium brands, the Nissan Maxima offers a pretty upscale cabin with lots of premium elements, top-quality materials, and luxury features baked right in. It does really feel very premium as Infiniti and other similar luxury car brands. The front and rear seats offer a perfect blend of comfort and support, and while the available bucket rear seats improve the luxury quotient, it leaves the center section useless and limits the seating capacity to just two passengers at the back. 

Model

Nissan Maxima S

Acura TL Base

Toyota Avalon Base

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

Front Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

38.5 / 56.3 / 43.8

38.4 / 58.2 / 42.5

38.9 / 59.4 / 41.3

Rear Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

36.4 / 55.1 / 34.6

36.7 / 56.2 / 36.2

37.5 / 58.2 / 40.9

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

14.2

13.1

14.4

The Nissan Maxima offers acres of space upfront, and the back seat although is pretty spacious, looks cramped when compared to what others have to offer. The Toyota Avalon does not offer as much space up front, but opens up a huge amount of legroom at the rear, without compromising on the trunk capacity too. The Acura TL stays in between them with decent front and rear seat space and a marginally smaller boot. Major interior features include- 

  • 8-way power driver seat w/power lumbar support and manual thigh support
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear bench seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control w/Rear air conditioning vents
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Ambient interior lighting

How is the 2012 Nissan Maxima Sedan’s infotainment system?

The touchscreen infotainment system from Nissan is pretty to use, offering well-laid-out menus and crisp graphics. Although the response timings could have been better, the overall experience is pretty good. An 8-speaker audio system is standard alongside Bluetooth and a CD changer. The higher-end trim gets a 9-speaker Bose system with subwoofers, satellite radio and also increases the infotainment screen size to 7 inches. Few key infotainment features include- 

  • 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • 9-speaker Bose audio system w/2 subwoofers
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone system
  • In-glass diversity antenna
  • In-dash 6-disc CD changer

2012 Nissan Maxima Exterior

8.5/10

The exterior styling of the car isn’t really sporty or aggressive in any which way and looks executive and subtle for most parts. The angular headlamps, small-ish grille, and smooth subtle character lines all help keep things classy and minimalistic. Although the chrome grille surrounds, window linings, door handles, and exhaust tips, all add a bit of the bling to keep things from getting monotonous. 

Model

Nissan Maxima S

Acura TL Base

Toyota Avalon Base

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,540

3,726

3,572

Length (in)

190.6

194.0

197.6

Width (in)

73.2

74.0

72.8

Height (in)

57.8

57.2

58.5

Ground Clearance (in)

5.6

6.1

5.3

Wheelbase (in)

109.3

109.3

111.0

The Toyota Avalon is the longest sedan in this comparison and hence offers the longest wheelbase, which helps open that extra cabin space at the back. It also weighs only a few pounds over the Nissan Maxima but offers the lowest ground clearance here. The Acura TL is the heaviest and widest car but also provides the best ground clearance of them all. Major exterior highlights of the sedan are-

  • Halogen headlights w/ambient light sensor
  • Auto on/off headlights and Front fog lights
  • Body-color folding power mirrors w/integrated turn signals
  • Chrome door handles and dual chrome exhaust finishers
  • Power tilt/sliding moonroof w/sliding sunshade
  • UV reducing solar glass w/dark upper windshield band
  • 18-inch fine silver alloy wheels

2012 Nissan Maxima Safety

8.5/10

Considering its Japanese origin and the years of reputation of Nissan for offering safe and reliable cars, the Maxima does not live up to the safety standard set so high by itself. It performs decently in the NHTSA and the IIHS crash tests, getting an overall 4-star rating and doing alright in the tests conducted by the IIHS as well, but we expect better from a flagship sedan from Nissan. However, the car has been designed really well with front and rear crumple zones, steel side-door guard beams, energy-absorbing steering column amongst others, baked right into the car. Major safety features include-

  • Traction Control System (TCS) and Vehicle dynamic control
  • Brake assist & electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
  • Driver & front passenger dual-stage airbags w/seat belt sensors
  • Driver & front passenger side-impact airbags
  • Front & rear roof-mounted curtain side-impact airbags
  • ALR/ELR seat belt system for all passengers
  • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)

2012 Nissan Maxima Final Verdict

Nissan’s flagship offering, the Maxima offers tons of practicality and a value for money offering by undercutting the competition in terms of price and over providing in terms of performance, features, and reliability. Although the safety tests don’t seem substantially great, the well-engineered car will provide a safe haven for you and your family if things were to go wrong. So if you are on the lookout for a large, comfortable, and affordable sedan, the 2012 Nissan Maxima should be on top of your list.

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Top User Reviews

8

User Overall Rating

Best of Maxima

appreciable qualities at good price

by Donna

9

User Overall Rating

Sporty luxe sedan

Sporty ride and styling, but harsh ride quality

by Edward E. Sosa

5

User Overall Rating

2012 Nissan Maxima

An average 2012 sedan

by Tami J. Hereford

8

User Overall Rating

Sporty luke sedan

When you get the premium experince for not that premium price tag.

by Robert D. Martinez

7

User Overall Rating

The overlooked one.

Feel your soul

by Ruby T. Gonzales

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