2012 Nissan Maxima Fuel Economy

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Fuel Economy

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.

The 2012 Nissan Maxima is about as efficient as you'd expect for a larger, V-6 sedan with a performance emphasis.

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.

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