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2012 Nissan Maxima Priced The Same As Last Year

The 2012 Nissan Maxima. Image: Nissan

The 2012 Nissan Maxima. Image: Nissan

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If you were looking for big changes in price or content for Nissan’s flagship sedan, prepare to be disappointed. For the 2012 Nissan Maxima, pricing begins at $31,750 (excluding destination charge) for the Maxima 3.5 S and tops out at $34,450 (also less destination charge) for the Maxima 3.5 SV. If you're keeping score, those are the exact same sticker prices as the 2011 Nissan Maxima.

As in 2011, only S and SV models are offered, and both come with Nissan’s 3.5-liter V-6 mated to their Xtronic CVT transmission. Content isn't changed significantly for 2012, but all Maximas receive a new grille, new tail lights, new 18-inch or 19-inch wheels, new meter cluster illumination, new interior trim options and a new interior color. The audio display is revised for 2012, and both audio and climate controls are updated for the new model year. Finally, there are two new colors (Java Metallic and Dark Slate) to pick from in 2012.

If special editions are your thing, Nissan is offering a Limited Edition Package for the 2012 Nissan Maxima 3.5 S. For $710, you get smoked headlight covers, HID headlights, a rear view mirror compass, 18-inch Dark Hyper Silver finish wheels, a rear spoiler, a dark satin chrome grille, fog lights, integrated mirror turn signals and metallic trim.

The 2012 Nissan Maxima should already be on dealer lots nationwide.

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Comments (2)
  1. The Maxima may be a very nice car but its very conservative styling makes it unappealing to many buyers. It was a styling leader back in 1993 when I bought an SE with the new V-6 engine. Since then it has become a plain looking, rounded off, disappear in the crowd kind of car. What demographic is Nissan trying to appeal to?

  2. @Rob, that's a good question. It seems to me that the Maxima has been on life support for a few years now, and that's a shame given what the car once was.

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