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

"Drives like a sports car. Only bigger"

Anonymous, KS (2013 Nissan Maxima)

"Great acceleration. Fun to drive."

Anonymous, IA (2013 Nissan Maxima)

"good handling and excellent gps/bluetooth and quality ,reliability"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Nissan Maxima)

"I purchased this car when I lived in the suburbs. It is a perfect for suburban driving. I now live in the City. Stop and go, stop and go. This is not a great car for urban living. I still love it."

Anonymous, IL (2013 Nissan Maxima)

"Driving,handle well"

ALFRED H., SC (2013 Nissan Maxima)

"We bought it second hand last November. I could not believe the smooth ride nor the quietness. The radio is outstanding. We both like classical music, and it is a real joy to hear it on that sound system. Anyone that has driven it has marveled at the ride. I like the keyless feature."

MARY B., TX (2013 Nissan Maxima)

"Both very good and fun to drive. Torque steer under hard acceleration is scary the first time. Especially in the wet."

RAJ A., FL (2013 Nissan Maxima)

"The Maxima has wonderful handling. Pickup is excellent."

Anonymous, OH (2013 Nissan Maxima)

"The acceleration is great for entering traffic on the express way."

Anonymous, GA (2013 Nissan Maxima)

"Initial acceleration is excellent."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Nissan Maxima)

"Gobs of power, amazing handling for its size."

David G., NM (2013 Nissan Maxima)

"It has more acceleration than I need, but I like that. It handles very well."

Douglas H., WI (2013 Nissan Maxima)

"great handling"

Ferndo-Sonia F., FL (2013 Nissan Maxima)

"I love the acceleration. I know when I punch the gas, it will go. There can be a bit of an oversteer if I give it too much gas. The drive is very smooth. Handling through curves is really good."

Anonymous, TN (2013 Nissan Maxima)

"Very strong acceleration. Especially in sport mode"

Noris T., GA (2013 Nissan Maxima)

"Drives extremely well. Excellent acceleration"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Nissan Maxima)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The whole experience with this year on the Nissan Maxima is excellent. The look, handling, comfort and noise level is top of the line."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Nissan Maxima)

"Seats are comfortable. Many ways to adjust them. I love the fact that the bottom seat extends out since I have long legs. I do not like the noise. Many times I find myself double checking to make sure the rear driver side window is up because of the noise."

Anonymous, TN (2013 Nissan Maxima)

"lots of road noise"

Bruce A., KS (2013 Nissan Maxima)

"It is one of the quietest cars I've driven. Rad noise is very well insulated"

Noris T., GA (2013 Nissan Maxima)


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

What Owners Say

"Bluetooth telephone does not understand what I say to call peopleasks to many questions to complete call. My 2008 infinity had better system"

Joel W., MD (2013 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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