The 2012 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV markets itself as The 4-Door Sports Car. While that might have been a unique selling point back in the 80s, there are numerous 4-door sports sedans available today. So we were eager to get behind the wheel of Nissan’s latest Maxima and see what it was made of.
Maxima’s have always tried to toe that line between sports and luxury, and that’s still the case today. Our loaded Maxima 3.5 SV had every conceivable option imaginable – A dual panel moonroof, rear-window power sunshade, HID lights, heated/ventilated seats, heated steering wheel, paddle shifters, 7″ rear-view camera, navigation, push-button start, spoiler, etc.
But it’s also got the performance to go along with it. There’s plenty of power on tap, courtesy of it’s 290-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine which delivers power to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT). It’s a strange combination for a “sports sedan,” but it works.
If you haven’t driven a car with a CVT transmission before, it’s really an odd sensation that takes some getting used to, as you don’t feel the car shift between gears. It offers up better fuel economy than a traditional automatic transmission, which is why Nissan has replaced its conventional automatic transmission with CVTs in nearly all its front-wheel drive cars.
In a recent Motor Trend poll, readers really came down on CVTs. But like anything else, we’re sure these transmissions will continue to improve and eventually sway people’s minds.
Initially, I wasn’t sold on the CVT tranmission. But once I discovered the Maxima’s Sport Mode, I was a happy camper. The car might not actually be faster in Sport Mode, but it sure felt a lot faster.. And that’s all that mattered to me.
The 2012 Maxima finds a nice compromise between sports and luxury, and that’s exactly what some people are looking for. Want even more sportiness? Opt for the $2000 Sports Package, which adds a sports-tuned suspension, 19″ wheels, and some other features standard.
My only concern with the Maxima was over it’s price. Our loaded tester came in at a whopping $40,930! At that price point, there’s a LOT of competition from other car manufacturers. Sure, you can skimp on options and get the price down some, but you’d be surprised at how quickly you become accustomed to ventilated seats, especially on those hot 90-degree days!
On the flip side, the Maxima does offer the best resale value in its class, so you can probably recapture some of that money when you go to sell or trade it in down the line.
>> Visit www.nissanusa.com/maxima for more information.
Krispy Kreme Partners With Hershey’s For New ‘Chocomania’ Collection
Introducing The New 2025 Aston Martin Vantage
Southwest Airlines Unveiled New Cabin Seats, And People Are Freaking Out!
Frontier Airlines Adds 10 New Destinations From Philadelphia
Combat The Signs Of Aging With Particle Face Cream
Thong Battle: 01/30/24 – 02/06/24
Rack Attack: 01/29/24 – 02/05/24
Thong Battle: 02/06/24 – 02/13/24
Rack Attack: 02/05/24 – 02/12/24
Thong Battle: 02/13/24 – 02/20/24
Watch The Fast And Furious Trailer For ‘Hobbs & Shaw’
A Dance-Off For The Ages Broke Out At Monday Night’s 76ers Game
Netflix Drops ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ Trailer Ahead Of Release Tomorrow
Former NASA Engineer Gets Revenge On Package Thief With Glitter Bomb
Hang Glider Holds On For Dear Life After Realizing He’s Not Strapped In
- Death Grip Syndrome Is A Real Thing, And Here’s How To Treat It on
- On The Hunt For Plantation Brownies on
- Pizza Hut’s Triple Treat Box Delivers Pizza, Breadsticks & Cinnabon Mini Rolls on
- 20 Hilarious Photos Of The Elf On The Shelf Being Very Naughty on
- McDonald’s Has Added Two New Big Mac Variants To Its Menu on