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2012 Nissan Maxima

2012 Toyota Avalon

  2011 Nissan Maxima 4-door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S Angular Front Exterior View 2012 Toyota Avalon
Invoice $29,695 $29,876
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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 A classy, comfortable near-luxury sedan, the 2012 Toyota Avalon has a more modern look but traditional big-car handling and smooth performance. Read Full Review
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  • Fashionable interior
  • Quiet ride
  • Snug, comfortable seats (Sport)
  • Great steering and handling


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


  • Cushy ride
  • Quick in a straight line
  • Confident, light steering
  • Very comfortable seats
  • Luxury equipment list


  • Lots of body roll
  • Conservative looks
  • Some glitzy interior trim
  • Overlaps Lexus pricing
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