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Good bang for the buck
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By gapari
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2012 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)


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I am leasing a 2012 SV, with one year left.
I like this car is many ways
- engine power, handling, interior styling and quality, exterior styling.
I'm very happy with my color choice - white exterior w/ rich looking tan leather interior.
I would be hard pressed to find a comparable car with this balance of luxury and performance, at this price point.

Interested to see what the 2015 will look like, as I probably will lease another.
Hope the MSRP doesn't spike!


Best Features

Too many to list. Here's a few. Stylish wheels, rearview camera, Bluetooth, Bose stereo, comfortable seats, decent size trunk.


Worst Features

Fit and Finish: The front fender seams on either side of the hood don't align very well. Probably due to poor design and plastic meeting metal. Color is slightly off on rear plastic areas, probably more noticeable due to white paint finish. Experienced a slight paint chip on the plastic. Performance and ride: Torque steer still needs to be tamed down, as well as road noise.


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Knock at low speed.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By rajacars
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2012 Nissan Maxima 3.5 S 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)


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I Hear a knock at low speed, its one time after you start and move the car.
It looks that nissan doesn't car enough to fix this issue. hoping that nissan takes this issue serious, as Maxima is nissan's flagship sedan. if the reputation is spoiled its difficult to gain it back.


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2012 Maxima review
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By geo2010maxima
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2012 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)


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My comments only apply to the Maxima with the Premium package - totally different car than the base model - upgraded leather, double moon roof, heated/cooled drivers seat, Xenon headlights, driver seat, mirrors and steering wheel memory, power tilt/telescopic and heated steering wheel,
reverse tilting/heated side mirrors, rear window sun screen, USB and Ipod connectivity, etc. - it is a front wheel drive Infinity and since we have winter in Oregon, we need FWD.
We had a 2010 previously and the 2012 has significantly reduced torque steer and vastly improved low speed transmission performance - they got the CVT dialed in finally.
It is a very comfortable road car for long trips also.


Best Features

Drivers seat comfort, moon roof, stereo, USB/Ipod connectivity, acceleration, steering, brakes, looks and value. Great ride and very quiet. Nissan discounts sales and leases aggressively on this car so you can get a lot of car for the money. Factory recommends premium fuel, but it runs just fine on the middle grade fuel - Chevron Get 22mpg - city/ freeway combined and 26 MPG on the road


Worst Features

Better OEM tires and higher capacity battery (650) CCA


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DONT BUY IT! UNLESS YOU ARE STUCK WITH NISSAN AND HAVE NO OTHER OPTION
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By iamjade
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2012 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)


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Brand new car, and there is condensation in both side mirror lights. Nissan claims this is normal. This car is beautiful to look. The car is very roomy and is easy to drive in the city (just watch out for the wide turns). On the highway the handling is terrible and a lot of wind noise. I get frustrated when i have to sync my ipod because it doesnt work the 1st, 2nd, or even 3rd time. If you are interested in an Maxima, Please Go check out the Acura TSX/TL, Honda Accord, Lexus ES, Toyota Camry/Avalon.


Best Features

Exterior aggressive look.


Worst Features

Get a new Nissan design team and come up with a better dashboard to meet the expectation of the exterior aggressiveness look. A lot of wind noise on the highway. It should not be normal for moisture to be in the lights (no excuses).


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Bad Resale - Buy it if you want to keep it
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By don_83
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2012 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)


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I was considering a TSX, TL , Passat V6 and maxima and walked out of the door with $30k for an SV. I thought it was a good deal. I guess not. The car that stickered for $37k is now worth $24k miles with 10k miles on the clock. Its a good car if you want to commute and keep for a while as the car is very reliable, interior materials are above average. CVT is not really responsive until in Ds mode. Seats are good for long drives and offer plenty of room. you get a lot of standard features for $30k . Considering base 3 series and A4 are smaller and slower. Steering feel is very good and precise. spend a little more and get a base TL , better in every way .


Best Features

seats, headlights , heated steering wheel


Worst Features

ditch the CVT, get 7 speed auto, more rear legroom , leather on the steering wheel is cheap ,


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