The Maxima is a quick car, but it doesn't add much over the less costly Nissan Altima overall. While pleasant, it falls short in some ways. Handling is responsive, but at low speeds the steering is overly light. The car is quiet, and the ride is decent. But the new coupelike silhouette has compromised visibility, trunk room and rear-seat comfort.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"everyday Iget off and on express ways with a lot of truck traffic and acceleration of maxima keeps me safe."

Anonymous, IL (2011 Nissan Maxima)

"The CVT does not provide the best driving experience. It seems to "pop" and jerk under certain conditions. Also when accelerating, while it is smooth, feels unnatural."

BRIAN T., GA (2011 Nissan Maxima)

"Good acceleration but could improve on gas mileage."

S B., FL (2011 Nissan Maxima)

"Very fast. Acceleration unbelievable"

GREG K., PA (2011 Nissan Maxima)

"Accelerates great, very fun to drive"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Nissan Maxima)

"The constant velocity shifting is seamless and gives me lots of power to pass or climb hills. I live in the Rocky Mountains. There is no roaring when shifting like in the Subaru I test drove."

Anonymous, BC (2011 Nissan Maxima)

"better than average acceleration, braking; steering is responsive"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Nissan Maxima)

"drive, acceleration and handling"

Anonymous, TN (2011 Nissan Maxima)

"Engine is very responsive, handles corners very well."

Anonymous, MN (2011 Nissan Maxima)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Heated and ventilated front seats! Heated steering wheel! 10-way power driver seat, power front passenger seat, feeling the road enough for a little driving thrill w/o giving up too much smoothness in the ride"

ROBERT C., IA (2011 Nissan Maxima)

"very comfortable; good space for passengers; good trunk capacity and opening size without hinge intrusion"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Nissan Maxima)

"Comfortable and easily programmable to enhance that comfort."

Anonymous, MA (2011 Nissan Maxima)


CLARENCE T., OK (2011 Nissan Maxima)

"Heated steering wheel is great during our cold winters. It's a feature I would look for and want again. I drive the 4 door sports car and enjoy it's handling and response. One factor that will change my next vehicle is it's lowness. With hip replacement, I will appreciate a vehicle that is easier to get my 6'5" frame into. Probably an suv with enough front driving profile for my long legs."

ROGER K., NY (2011 Nissan Maxima)

"Seats do not have adequate side support. Road noise a little much"

LAZARO V., HI (2011 Nissan Maxima)

"Seats are very comfortable and body forming."

Anonymous, MN (2011 Nissan Maxima)

"Great pickup and response. Controls are easy to understand and read. Love the features and probably will purchase another when due."

RICHARD K., NJ (2011 Nissan Maxima)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"It's been a great car for around $30,000!"

Anonymous, MO (2011 Nissan Maxima)

"We do enjoy driving both vehicles but after the fact it's our belief that we paid more than we should have."

PAULA R., IL (2011 Nissan Maxima)

"For a "top of the line Nissan" it is priced below other vehicles which claim to be the best for the different brands."

RICHARD K., NJ (2011 Nissan Maxima)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say


Anonymous, TN (2011 Nissan Maxima)

""Batman style" rear end, powerful and luxurious front with a wonderful panoramic moonroof!! Good looking wheels."

ROBERT C., IA (2011 Nissan Maxima)

"Sleek sporty design"

JAMES F., MD (2011 Nissan Maxima)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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