J.D. Power

2012 Nissan Maxima

#2 in Large Car
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2012 Nissan Maxima Ratings


Consumer Rating

The J.D. Power 100-Point Score is based on hundreds of thousands of independent and unbiased opinions of verified car owners.
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Out of 100

Quality & Reliability

Measures the level of defects, malfunctions, and design flaws experienced by vehicle owners. Covers the entire vehicle from engine to infotainment system. A higher rating means fewer problems.

Driving Experience

Owners' evaluation of the vehicle's design, performance, comfort, functionality, safety, and technology, comprise this rating. Newer and recently-redesigned vehicles tend to score better.


J.D. Power's forecast of depreciation (how much of its current value the vehicle will likely lose) over the next three years. Lower depreciation equals a higher rating.

Dealership Experience

Not Rated
Owners' experience with this brand's dealerships during the purchase and service process make up this rating. Key factors include customer service, dealership facilities, and the quality of work.

Best Large Car of 2012

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Owners Like

Measured owner satisfaction with 2012 Nissan Maxima after 90-days of ownership.
  • Transmission smoothness
  • Ease of getting in and out of the vehicle
  • The vehicle's audio system

Owners Don't Like

The problems experienced by owners of the 2012 Nissan Maxima during the first 90-days of ownership.
  • Quietness of the vehicle interior
  • Smoothness of vehicle's ride
  • Flexibility of seat configurations

Performance Specs

MPG City







1 speed, Continuously Variable


Gas V6


Front Wheel Drive

Available Trims

2012 Nissan Maxima Review

Here’s the 2012 Nissan Maxima. Now 290 horsepower takes you somewhere special. Where sports car performance and sedan sophistication exist together. The re-engineered VQ engine is a 3. 5 liter DOHC V6 power plant. The performance-tuned Continuously Variable Transmission delivers seamless acceleration. A streamlined cockpit purposefully designed to center around you. Paddle shifters are within easy reach. For a custom fit the memory system will remember where you like your seat steering wheel and outside mirrors. Even the center console and high armrests are designed so you feel enveloped. Being in control has never felt so powerful. Nissans advanced air bag system along with an Anti-lock Braking and Vehicle Dynamic Control are among the many standard safety features you’ll find on every Maxima. The monitor package with information center and rearview camera will help to inspire confidence every time you get behind the wheel. Elegance has an edge in the 4-Door Sports Car. The 2012 Nissan Maxima.

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