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Nissan gives the 2012 Maxima Sport Sedan a mild makeover, with new front and rear fascias, new wheel designs and some interior trim and lighting enhancements. Also new for 2012 is the Limited Edition Package, which features such highlights as smoked front headlight lenses, 18-inch Dark Hyper Silver alloy wheels and dark metallic trim.
New for the 2010 model year include standard Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and the choice of two new wheel finishes. Also, the available navigation system has been enhanced to include streaming audio, DVD playback and XM NavTraffic real-time traffic updates.
Sole changes of note for 2008 are the elimination of the four-seat Elite Package and the addition of a new Platinum Edition Package. Offered on both trim levels, it includes bi-xenon High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps, multi-function memory features, Bluetooth wireless connectivity and numerous other comfort and convenience items.
As Nissan's flagship sedan, the 2014 Maxima has long held a special position in the fleet. Although not quite Infiniti-like in its luxury offerings, the Maxima is a cut above the bread-and-butter sedans from Honda and Toyota. Many owners consider the Maxima to be a performance sedan on par with Audi and BMW sedans, but for far less money. A powerful V6 engine, impressive cornering and braking ability, and a feature-laden interior place the Maxima in the same league as the Chrysler 300, Volkswagen CC and Hyundai Azera. However, the Maxima's biggest competition may come from inside Nissan itself. Less expensive than the Maxima, the new Altima offers more interior room, better fuel economy and nearly the same level of performance.
By Goth (FL) on Friday, August 31, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 46,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have a 2010, bought new. I looked at Audi A4, BMW 325.....they can't compare. I paid $30,900 with the premium package. A comparable brimmer or Audi would have run close to $45,000! I have 46,000 miles and not one compliant . I would buy another one in a heartbeat"
13 people out of 13 found this review helpful
By Milwaukee's Best (WI) on Monday, April 23, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,400overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Comfort, power, cockpit layout, CVT"
Cons: "No remote start, paddle shift option is pointless"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I really like my 2011 Maxima SV, mainly because of it's comfort and power. The CVT is wildly miss understood by "professionals and or car enthusiast". The paddle shifters were added for these people so they can "shift through the gears", pointless! There are no gears in a CVT, but there is a near infinite number of effective gear ratios available. Near infinite would be way more than 6 gears by the way (that's for the professional reviewers/car enthusiast out there that give this car a poor review, because they don't understand how a CVT works). When you want to pass, this car responds faster than any car I have ever driven (*). It will hold you in a optimal power band and keep the car accelerating with a nice powerful sound coming from under the hood. Electronics are slightly dated but very functional. Heated steering wheel is really nice on a cold Wisconsin night. For summer the cooled drivers seat is very nice also. It's a very comfortable 4 - 5 passenger car with a sports car feel. Don't get me wrong people there are plenty of cars out there with more speed and power, but not for the price. * Cars I have driven; 2012 Ford Taurus SHO, 2011 Audi A4, Volvo S60, and a 2012 Mercedes C300."
11 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By jhatfie (WA) on Tuesday, October 11, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Quick, smooth acceleration, fantastic interior"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Put about 9000 miles on my 2011 Nissan Maxima SV Sport with Tech package so far. Drove several of it's competitors like the VW CC, G37, 300M, Taurus SHO, but found the Maxima to be slightly superior overall for the cost. Car gets great overall gas mileage so far, about 25mpg combined, but on long freeway trips can hit 30mpg which is great for a near 300hp car. Handling is very good which is aided by excellent fantastic steering feeling and weight. Car stays flat when cornering with the sport package without being harsh like a full on sports car. Interior quality is as good as the Infinity/VW competitors and the Nav package is one of the best available. Ride is nice and quiet. Not a single issue with the car so far and it gets tons of attention since in my area there are not many of them around. Overall I am very satisfied."
9 people out of 9 found this review helpful