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2012 Nissan Maxima

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2012 3.5 S 4dr Sedan
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Overview

In terms of the competition, the Ford Taurus is available with three choices of powertrains and front or all-wheel drive. But the Taurus is much heavier and less agile than the Maxima. The Toyota Avalon is larger and quieter than the Maxima, but that works against the Avalon because it's not nearly as rewarding for the driver as the Maxima. The Buick LaCrosse offers an eAssist four-cylinder that gets up to 37 MPG highway. But it is also heavy and lacks the Maxima's sporting pretentions. The Dodge Charger offers a V8 and rear or all-wheel drive that will please enthusiasts or those living in snowy areas. But top-level Chargers are expensive.

Overall, the Maxima is one of the sportiest large sedans, even if it isn't as large as some other competitors. Its sporty nature and smooth CVT transmission set it apart from the class and it does offer a more premium feel than many mainstream branded sedans, but at a lower price than premium makes. It's perfect for sedan shoppers who want luxury features and good value.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 290 HP / 261 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Xtronic 2-spd sequential shift control CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
19 / 26 / 22 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 290 HP / 261 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
19 / 26 / 22 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
20.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$77
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
14.2 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
96 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
190.6 "
Exterior Width
73.2 "
Exterior Height
57.8 "
Front Headroom
38.5 "
Rear Headroom
36.4 "
Front Legroom
43.8 "
Rear Legroom
34.6 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.3 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,556 Lbs.
Wheel Base
109 "
Turning Radius
18.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Chrome / Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(4-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
8
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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