Road trips are really the best for testing new vehicles! When I decided to take a day trip to Salisbury, Maryland to attend a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) show there to check out two of my favorite wrestlers, Titus O’Neil and Darren Young, I figured it would offer the best opportunity to put the 2012 Nissan Maxima to the test.
The Nissan Maxima SV Sports Tech was billed as “The 4-Door Sports Car” and I was curious as to if the car that I knew to be practical and a favorite of the thirtysomething consumer was as sporty as Nissan claimed. Much to my surprise, the car did seem to marry elements of a sports car (like the front-wheel-drive) with features more common on a sedan offering comfort.
This mid-size whip glided on the highway like a prize ice skater, easily navigating on both the multi-lane highways and the rural roads heading from Washington, DC to Salisbury with its smooth, quick acceleration. A quiet vehicle, the Maxima didn’t make unnecessary noises during acceleration on the highways or when I slowed down at traffic lights or stop signs in the city. The 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine has a relaxed demeanor in ordinary driving and works well with the automatic continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).
The nearly three hour trip was very comfortable in the Maxima with its soft leather seats with multiple adjustment options. There was plenty of storage space for my snacks – in my case, some Chick-Fil-A, Skittles and a bottle water – and locations to house my iPod (it served as the road deejay) and my phone (that I don’t like to view while driving per Oprah‘s pledge).
The interior panel featured easy-to-function options with a clean, modern design. A Bose premium audio system, a navigation system with 9.3GB Music Box hard drive, XM NavTraffic, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and iPod interfaces were vehicle accents.
Spin Control: I enjoyed every moment I was in the Nissan Maxima! It was comfortable, had power and was even good on gas! The base price of the vehicle starts at $34,450 and the model I tested was $40,055. Honestly, it was worth every penny!
Industry Status: Grade A