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

"Great feel and power"

Robert S., NY (2012 Nissan Maxima)

"Very nice acceleration"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Nissan Maxima)

"I do not like the CVT transmission. I will never purchase a car with one again. Engine is noisier than it should be. It has a very touchy throttle response which is not suited for a CVT transmission. I am frequently frustrated because it seems that the same pressure on the accelerator gives me different results. One time it won't accelerate fast enough. The next time I have to back off because it was too much throttle. All from pushing the pedal about 10% of the way to the floor. I don't think it is worth it for the negligible increase in MPG."

Daniel R., MD (2012 Nissan Maxima)

"This car is very fast for a V6 with no power adders. It also handles very well. The 3.5 V6 is one of the best engines I have ever owned."

Anonymous, MS (2012 Nissan Maxima)

"very quick and responsive. Love the acceleration!"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Nissan Maxima)

"My Maxima is FAST! Hold on when you step on it. It loves to be driven fast."

Brian C., MA (2012 Nissan Maxima)

"Love to drive this car. It is fast and handles great."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Nissan Maxima)

"Excellent acceleration and power curve. Good handling for a midsize sedan."

Stephen D., MD (2012 Nissan Maxima)

"good acceleration"

Anonymous, TN (2012 Nissan Maxima)

"CVT shifting/ very slow to accelerate when needing power to merge or pass...2,3 or 4 second delays before " computer" recognizes request for power! Unsafe!!"

CHARLES T., FL (2012 Nissan Maxima)

"Great acceleration but does not handle as good"

MIGUEL V., CA (2012 Nissan Maxima)

"If it went any faster, my racer wife would get tickets all the time"

HERBERT W., CA (2012 Nissan Maxima)

"It handles poorly in snow"

Anonymous, CT (2012 Nissan Maxima)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Leather driver seat is outstandingly comfortable. Also quiet vehicle with a decent ride"

Jim F., WI (2012 Nissan Maxima)

"Seats are comfortable and supportive, especially when cornering and accelerating, Quiet and smooth ride, but responsive suspension and steering system"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Nissan Maxima)

"Steve ride with sports package. Somewhat noisy on the road at space."

Stephen D., MD (2012 Nissan Maxima)

"Heat seats and heated steering wheel"

Anonymous, OH (2012 Nissan Maxima)

"Seats fit average to large butt Americans just fine. Very supportive seats."

William H., NJ (2012 Nissan Maxima)

"The design of the drivers seat makes it extremely comfortable on a long drive . The bottom cushion of the seat is designed so that the front part of the cushion can be adjusted to provide additional support for your leg. Thus, on a long trip cramping of your leg can be eliminated by easily adjusting the adjustable part of the seat."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Nissan Maxima)

"Great adjustaibility and very comfortable. Knee extension"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Nissan Maxima)

"Never have been able to get a quiet ride, even with trying different brands of tires."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Nissan Maxima)

"Wind and road noise is a little loud. Currently a seat has a rattle have been unable to find."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Nissan Maxima)

"Super comfortable seats."

MATTHEW M., VA (2012 Nissan Maxima)

"The seat, steering wheel and mirror memory doesn't maintain the set positions. This is a sporadic problem that the dealer said they haven't been able to duplicate or correct despite numerous attempts."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Nissan Maxima)

"Drivers seat rocks slightly during acceleration. Nissan seems to feel this is not an issue. I have learned it is a common problem for this model."

Anonymous, IA (2012 Nissan Maxima)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"Great value for the options it has compared to other sedans."

Brian C., MA (2012 Nissan Maxima)

"High speed handling is not relaxing"

Gene S., NY (2012 Nissan Maxima)

"For a $43,000 vehicle, Nissan was very chintzy. Both front seats should have been ventilated. The sunroof controls should be illuminated. All four windows should roll up/down with key in door or key fob operation."

Daniel R., MD (2012 Nissan Maxima)

"very dissatisfied with passenger side air bag system. Features and controls inside not worth cost of car"

Anonymous, TN (2012 Nissan Maxima)

"A great value for the money relative to competitors in same class."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Nissan Maxima)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Love the bold look"

MIGUEL V., CA (2012 Nissan Maxima)

"very poor suspension ride & column steer."

Anonymous, OH (2012 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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