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2012 Nissan Maxima

2012 Buick Lacrosse

  2011 Nissan Maxima 4-door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S Angular Front Exterior View 2011 Buick LaCrosse 4-door Sedan CX Angular Front Exterior View
MSRP
$32,420
$30,170
Invoice $29,695 $28,963
MPG
City/Highway
19/26 16/36
Rating
7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.2
/ 10
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Bottom Line The 2012 Nissan Maxima is a great pick if you want a stylish, sporty, comfortable, and lavishly trimmed sedan; serious sport-sedan enthusiasts should look elsewhere, however. Read Full Review As a sophisticated, roomy, tech-savvy premium sedan—now with up to 36 mpg—the 2012 Buick LaCrosse hits the mark for a lot of shoppers who want luxury on a limited budget. Read Full Review
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Likes:

  • Fashionable interior
  • Quiet ride
  • Snug, comfortable seats (Sport)
  • Great steering and handling

Dislikes:

  • CVT not a good fit in a sport sedan
  • Lacks headroom in back
  • Options drive the price way up

Likes:

  • New 36-mpg eAssist powertrain
  • Spacious, nicely trimmed interior
  • Absorbent but not pillowy ride
  • Top-notch safety

Dislikes:

  • Still not a sophisticated driving experience (4-cyl)
  • Luxury-brand price when loaded
  • Cheaper look and feel for Base model
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