The 2012 Nissan Maxima. Image: Nissan
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.