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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

“This car is fun to drive.”

EDWARD S., GA (2014 Nissan Maxima)

“The engine is awesome, however, the front wheel drive can't handle the engine's power. Torque steer and floating front end during hard acceleration are a real drawback. It doesn't handle like its Infinity brothers nor a BMW or a Honda. This is so disappointing that we would probably not buy it again (even though it was a great value)”

WAYNE R., IL (2014 Nissan Maxima)

“For a nice family sedan, the car has remarkable acceleration and has the steering and overall handling of a sportscar.”

GARY D., FL (2014 Nissan Maxima)

“The Max has a lot of power overhead to satisfy. I had a '72 1500 cc VW with 40 HP. My current Nissan has 1500 cc's with a 109 hp. Technology has changed. The note is a great all around town car.”

BERNHARD W., NY (2014 Nissan Maxima)

“Very responsive.”

VIRGINIA G., IL (2014 Nissan Maxima)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

“Uncomfortable drivers seat”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Nissan Maxima)

“Best comfort in drivers seat compared to other cars tested”

Anonymous, CT (2014 Nissan Maxima)

“ride is too rough for a family sedan. right hand passenger seat cannot be moved up and down which necessitates pillows for short people. too much road noise at highway speeds. might be tires, but they are Michelins. Road worthiness and handling are superb. Car only has 3000 miles on it.”

ALB E., PA (2014 Nissan Maxima)

“The Maxima is very comfortable. at highway speed, there is more road and wind noise than desirable for this class of car.”

WAYNE R., IL (2014 Nissan Maxima)


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

What Owners Say

“fast car.....good looking....easy to SEE out of...pretty good gas mileage”

Anonymous, TX (2014 Nissan Maxima)

“Incredibly fun to drive and luxurious vehicle. Everything works as it should and the seats are fantastic.”

TIMOTHY C., NY (2014 Nissan Maxima)

“I learned what the phrase BUYER BEWARE”

Anonymous, FL (2014 Nissan Maxima)

“Over priced”

Anonymous, NY (2014 Nissan Maxima)

“My 39 month lease payment is under $500. Luxury at a reasonable price.”

VIRGINIA G., IL (2014 Nissan Maxima)

“electronics are like they were in 2004. It's a premium car, yet no back up camera, extremely annoying connections to use cell phone, in general using the electronics is way too complicated. Plus I didn't realize how fast Maximas depreciate. It was a $30,000 car new. Now just 2 years later it's a $15,000 car.”

Anonymous, CA (2014 Nissan Maxima)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

“Style is OK with us. Who really cares about that anyway?”

BERNHARD W., NY (2014 Nissan Maxima)

“It has paddle controls that really do nothing of value”

Anonymous, CT (2014 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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