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

"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)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"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)


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

What Owners Say

"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)


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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