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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
There's nothing really wrong with the car, save for its sticker.
The selection is as good as any luxury brand might offer
Plugged into the USB port beneath the center console bin, an iPod is completely controlled via the multipurpose knob and LCD screen menus that nicely mimic the iPod's actual controls.
plenty of useful storage spaces including a large locking glovebox
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Maxima SV is your best bet for a starting point if you want to load up on options
At the base level, the 2013 Nissan Maxima does really maximize the number of standard conveniences (like a power moonroof, power front seats, and Intelligent Key entry and starting), as well as optional extras. But if adding many of those extras, you should be aware that some of the most desirable ones come only by stepping up to the more expensive SV model.
The Maxima is offered in two different models—S and SV—with the SV modestly expanding the standard equipment list to include leather upholstery, fog lamps, and a Bose premium audio system, among a few other items. But base-level S equipment is strong, with a power moonroof, dual-zone climate control, power front seats, and an Intelligent Key entry and starting system all included.
New for this year is an SV Value Package that adds nine-speaker Bose audio, satellite radio, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated outside mirrors.
Especially of note is a Sport Package, which brings firmer suspension tuning, larger 19-inch wheels, paddle shifters, upgraded front seats, and a host of other upgrades. The Sport Package has also been enhanced with a seven-inch monitor, iPod/USB connectivity, a rearview monitor, and a climate-controlled driver's seat. A Dark Hyper Silver wheel finish (from last year's Limited Edition Package) is new as well.
A power moonroof, dual-zone climate control, power front seats, keyless entry, an Intelligent Key entry and starting system, a six-disc changer, and steering-wheel audio controls are all standard, though, while a heated steering wheel and cooled front seats are among many options.
The 2013 Nissan Maxima comes equipped as a premium sedan, but you'll pay a luxury price if you want some of the top items.