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The unusual “catamaran” front clip presents the occupants with a forward view like that of a Corvette or Ferrari
one of those cars that looks striking from certain angles and awkward from others
nice, not-overdone bulges around the wheel wells, and those and the lines of the hood give the car a muscular look
From the blunted front end to the deeply sculpted sides to the fat, sexy haunches, there is little question that design-wise Nissan's biggest sedan has got the look.
The cockpit is gorgeous
It's now been several years since the Nissan Maxima got its last complete redesign;but perhaps in a testament to how forward-thinking the current design was, it still looks fresh and flamboyant today.
Nevertheless, the Maxima gets a number of minor changes inside and out for 2012, but unless you're a serious Maxima geek you'd have to line the 2011 and 2012 models up side by side to see the differences. A new grille is slightly different in appearance, while the taillamp design has been tweaked and there's a new line of 18- and 19-inch alloy wheel designs.
And there's plenty of beauty in the exterior. With curvy sheetmetal, swept-back headlamps and a profile that could be mistaken for that of a rear-wheel drive sport sedan, the Maxima has presence. And Sport models now take it a step further, with smoked headlamps, a dark chrome grille, and shiny gray interior stitching.
Inside, audio and HVAC knobs are new, gauge illumination is now white, and new Dark Piano and Atlantic Cherry trims have been added this year, and otherwise, the same rings true; the cabin appointments remain refreshingly different and head-turning. and the cockpit-style instrument panel could be right at home in a product from Infiniti.
The 2012 Nissan Maxima is curvy, flamboyant, and refreshingly different inside and out--compared either to mid-size sedans or true sport sedans.