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GREEN | 6 out of 10
19 mpg city, 26 highway
averaged 18.8 mpg with slightly more city use than highway driving. Other Maxima test cars averaged 20.1-22.4 mpg with more highway use.
The 2012 Nissan Maxima isn't particularly fuel-efficient, but it isn't a guzzler either; given its sporty flavor and mission of offering a little more excitement, it's no surprise that its EPA ratings, of 19 mpg city, 26 highway are about typical for the class.
However, the EPA numbers might be slightly pessimistic; in a recent experience driving a Maxima for most of a week, almost entirely in short-trip city conditions, we easily averaged 20 mpg.
Since fuel consumption and emissions counts for such a significant portion of a vehicle's environmental impact over its lifetime, that ranks the Maxima about average overall.
Nissan still requires premium fuel for the Maxima.
The 2012 Nissan Maxima is about as efficient as you'd expect for a larger, V-6 sedan with a performance emphasis.