The 2013 Nissan Maxima earns a below average Total Car Score for the Large Sedans & Wagons segment.
With strong acceleration, accurate steering and sporting road manners, the Maxima has scored praise for being fun to drive, which is a compliment since its front-wheel-drive setup generally elicits grimaces from driving purists.
Inside, the feature-laden interior scores high marks and would seem to come right out of an Infiniti rather than a Nissan. Fit and finish feel excellent.
There are some quibbles, the front-drive setup among them. The Maxima’s continuously variable transmission (CVT), while good, still can’t re-create conventional automatic transmission shift points, even with Maxima's standard paddle shifters. Reviews especially noted this when climbing hills or heading out of turns where the acceleration felt artificial and was subject to torque steer.
There wasn’t much bad to say about the interior, although many of the luxuries you’ll find are part of very expensive option packages that add up quickly.
The Maxima was just refreshed last year, and for 2013 changes are minimal. Of note are a new SV Value Package and a new Pearl White exterior color.
The 2013 Nissan Maxima is a large five-passenger sedan. It is offered in S and SV trim levels.
Both trims are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 producing 290 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque. This engine is managed by a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that provides power to the front wheels.
The S trim’s list of standard features includes dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable front seats, Bluetooth, 18-inch wheels and an eight-speaker audio system.
The uplevel SV adds leather seats, power lumbar and an upgraded nine-speaker stereo.
Notable options – either stand alone or packaged – include xenon headlights, performance tires, a backup camera system, seat heat, USB connectivity, dual sunroofs, voice-command navigation and digital music storage capability.
Safety features include six airbags, stability and traction control.
The EPA has rated the fuel economy for the 2013 Nissan Maxima at 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined.
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