2012 Nissan Maxima User Reviews

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4x4tricks writes:
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4

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This car is fast and smooth. It fits our family well and the wife likes it.

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The hands free system doesn't have good voice recognition. The are of the console below the dash has a lot of wasted space. It would be nice to have a place to set the Ipod or phone.

4x4tricks
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Works — I like the car but have some desires that haven't been met. This particular model holds 130mph for long distances with no problem (rarely drive this way but had to see). For some reason, I have never had better gas mileage than 23.5. Driving this car for business purposes makes you try to be more conservative day by day and with gas prices the way they are, I might as well be in my old 2003 Dodge 2500 diesel.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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amoretheryn writes:
2012 Nissan Maxima SV Review
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5

Pros

Style, CVT, Quality, Speed, Amenities, Packages, BOSE Sound System, Panoramic Roof, Comfort, Safety

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Wheels, iPhone connection, Mute button

amoretheryn
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Maxima Redesign Is A Definitely Hit! — I bought my 2011 Maxima in March 2013 and have to say that I absolutely love it. I owned a 2004 Maxima before trading it in for the new one. I am impressed with much and disappointed in very little which is how I feel it should be when purchasing a car. It's just like a person--you will never find the perfect woman or man. The trick is to find someone who has flaws that you can live with. When I first saw the 2009 Maxima, I was in love. The styling was definitely was not a cloned version of anything like the many Toyota, Honda, and Fords I remember. I told myself I was going to get one when the time came. That opportunity presented itself in March of 2013 and after 6 months of trying to find all the right features, the time came at last to purchase. The first that you notice upon walking up to the vehicle is the styling. Coke bottle shape, big wheels, wrap around head and tail lights and a sleek and aggressive looking front grille. It was calling my name and I attest that I had to wipe the drool from one side of my mouth. It was just a solid and sexy vehicle. The Maxima, being the flagship of Nissan, is known for its speed and handling and being a previous owner I knew that this was going to be the same. Test driving it really sold me because it really was fast (290HP) and it handled well. The first vehicle I drove was the sport model which drove like my old Maxima but the model I ended up buying was the Premium SV and thought the handling was good it had some roll when cornerning. One that thing that I didn't and still don't like is the initial take off of the vehicle due to the CVT. Nissan attributes this to allowing for better gas mileage but I just think that they were trying to hold back on the power for some reason. After the car gets past 20MPH, there is no stopping it and it just eats the asphalt! It's different from my old Maxima which had a 5-speed automatic transmission because it took off like a jet! Nonetheless, this issue is small and though I don't like it, I deal with it because other things overshadow it; things like the quality. When you actually open and close the door, the sound that is makes is not hollow and clicky, it's a pronounced, hearty, and deep sound. That may be trivial to you but I rather enjoy it even when slamming the door. As you finally sit in the car and take everything in, the leather hugs you, the seat brings you to the steering wheel as it drops for you to take hold of it. The leather appointments are great in addition to the instrumentation cluster, center console, color screen, and the look of the interior. My Maxima is equipped with the RearView camera, BOSE sound system, heated and ventilated front seats, and A/V outs. I am an audiophile and had to get the BOSE system. It sounds amazing and particularly in the Maxima they use what is called "Imaging" to present the music. Instead of all the speakers playing the highs, mids, and lows, the three speakers in the dash provide the robust highs and mids while the door speakers provide mids and lows, and the rear speakers provide strong lows and bass. I actually like this setup because when you are watching a musical or an opera, the voices are coming from the front of you and it simulates this type of performance. I do like the Bluetooth sound and clarity and the ease of setup though I wish wireless audio streaming was available on my package (you have to get the tech package in order to have that). I totally dislike, however, the fact that you can only plug up an Apple device to the USB port in order for it to play music. I do have an iPhone but I have no songs on it because I use my Android device for that. You can connect a micro USB cable to that port and connect your Android device but nothing will play. You have to use the included A/V jacks in order to play non-Apple devices. Once again that is small, but it's still a gripe. The good thing about the Apple jack is it's integrated into the system and will display the track names and can be controlled by the stereo and steering wheel controls. My older Maxima had a mute button that you could press to pause a CD and mute the radio but in this Maxima that is non-existent and I really liked that feature. The car can comfortably fit 5 people though in the Premium package it's setup for 4 individuals as the seats in the rear mirror the seats in the front. The leather is taut but not uncomfortable. The heat and ventilation in the driver seat is great however I wish it extended higher toward the shoulder area. The heated steering wheel gets really warm and I love that. The key FOB is cool in the fact that if you press and hold the unlock button all four windows will go down (this is great if it's summer and you are walking to the door). In addition, the Maxima is "remote start ready" thus you can get this added at the dealership or a good auto shop and you would hit the lock button three times to start the car (I'm planning on getting this done.) The panoramic moonroof is absolutely amazing. It brings so much light into the car and really opens it up. It looks really good as well when you are cruising and I find it's not as hot in the summer because of the whole roof being black. It's more of an aesthetic thing for me but it definitely has its perks. That leads me to the wheels. The standard wheels are 18" but the looks of them is what makes me gripe. I don't too much like them because they look too much like value wheels instead of sporty wheels. The 19" wheels are available on the sports package and I plan to swap my wheels out for those soon. The car is heavy enough and solidly built to provide comfort, peace of mind, and safety and you never feel like you're in a hollow shell with loose bolts. The car is definitely reliable and it has not been in the shop yet. I would recommend using premium gas as I do and synthetic oil if you are a mile hog like I am. I love that their is no timing belt! If you truly want entry level luxury, fast speeds, a sexy interior, good handling, good gas mileage, and tons of looks then this is the car for you. It's fun to drive and it just looks so damn sexy. I hear big things are coming for the 2015 Maxima and I can only say that the newest model will only add to the repertoire and reputation of the only 4DSC (Four Door Sports Car).

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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usafdo writes:
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3

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Nice BOSE 9 speaker system

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TERRIBLE STEERING !!!! My hands hurt from having to keep them firmly on the steering wheel.  This car has some kind of new steering system - it's terrible.  Had I know this I would never have purchased this car.  I have the beginnings of arthritis, and I am going to get rid of this car because my hands, fingers and wrist hurt from the hard steering.

Also backing up is not good - there is limited visibility (even though I have a back up camera - I'm old school and don't like that - I was trained to look where you are going).

usafdo
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Bad Steering System - The Odor Of "burining Coolant" From My Brand New 2012 Maxima! — I should have purchased an Infinity! My payments are $700/month with Nissan 1.9% for 60 months. This is way too expensive from a slightly above average car. You can definitely find something for alot less, or buy an Infinity or Lexus! +++++JULY 2013 - The steering is still my biggest issues. My wrists get tired of having to keep hold of the steering wheel. 70 MPH on interstate on cruise control ranges between 26 and 28 - that is great!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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WarrenTAutos writes:
2012 Nissan Maxima SV Review
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lots of power and very fast. Handles very well.

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gas guzzler.

WarrenTAutos
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Sexy — This car is one of the best affordable sedans. Very fast and handles like a sports car. the pick up is insane. The interior is very welcoming and the exterior is sleek with a unique design. I recommend this car over a camry or and accord.

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ladlf writes:
2012 Nissan Maxima SV Review
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Style, performance, and reliability....

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I can't think of any.

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Excellent Buy! — It's a lot of car for the money with tons of extras including XM satellite radio with NavTraffic and NavWeather. Dual panel moonroof w/power sunshade is my favorite. A great family sedan with style, performance, and reliability. A must see...

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