A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Nissan Maxima

The Maxima is one of the most popular vehicles from Nissan, and they’ve been hitting it out of the park in recent years. The 2012 Nissan Maxima is a fantastic, practical vehicle that offers some excellent performance for a nice price.

Key Features

The 2012 Nissan Maxima has some fantastic features. It offers power windows, power door locks, a power moon roof, 18-inch aluminum wheels, an 8-way power driver’s seat, leather wrapped steering wheel, dual zone automatic climate control, keyless start and entry, and an entertainment system featuring eight speakers.

Changes for 2012

The exterior design of the vehicle is quite a bit different from the 2011 model. In addition, they’ve added Limited Edition options that has some different cosmetic features.

What We Like

We like that this vehicle has a lot of style. It is reminiscent of a luxury sedan, but it has a sporty exterior. It has the power you need, excellent drivability, comfort, and a style that you will love. It offers paddle shifters, as well as an iPod interface, which are convenient.

What Concerns Us

One of the only things that might be disappointing for some is the fact that you are only going to find this vehicle with an automatic transmission. We understand that many people who are looking for a sportier looking sedan would like to have a manual transmission. In addition, the vehicle, even though it can seat four people, isn’t quite as large as some might need. Consider the size of your family and what you will need to be carrying in the vehicle on a regular basis.

Available Models

The Nissan Maxima offers a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 290 horsepower @ 6,400 RPM, 261lb of torque @ 4,4000 RPM. The vehicle is capable of getting 19 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway.

Major Recalls

The Maxima from 2012 tends to be a very reliable vehicle, and there have not been any major recalls with the vehicle. There have been some consumer issues and complaints though, as mentioned below.

Common Issues

There have not been many issues mentioned by consumers who have bought the 2012 Nissan Maxima. The few complaints that have been mentioned have to do with the electrical system, air bags, and driver’s seat stability. They tend to be more isolated incidents thought rather than actual widespread issues.

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