NEW FOR 2012:

– Refreshed exterior and interior styling
– Exterior colour: Meteorite Brown added
– Interior colour: Beige added

For 2012, the Nissan Maxima undergoes some minor styling changes. On the outside, it receives a new front grille design, new rear combination lights, and new 18- and 19-inch wheel designs. Inside, there is a new white instrument cluster illumination colour, Atlantic Cherry wood tone, new audio segment display and new audio/HVAC knob design.

Offered in a single trim line with available option packages, the Maxima uses a 3.5-litre V6 with continually variable transmission (CVT). The transmission includes manual shift mode and “Ds Mode,” for “Drive Sport,” which enhances acceleration feel and better engine speed maintenance during cornering.

Standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlamps, fog lights, LED taillamps, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals, power sunroof, trip computer, Bluetooth connectivity, garage door opener, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, Intelligent Key access system with pushbutton start, auto up/down front windows, tilt and telescopic heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, speed-sensitive variable intermittent wipers, eight-way driver and four-way passenger power-adjustable heated leather seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, cargo net, six-CD/MP3 2 GB Music Box stereo with auxiliary input and USB port, security system and tire pressure monitoring system.

The Sport Package adds 19-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, auto-dimming driver’s exterior mirror, auto-tip-in-reverse mirrors, driver’s side memory, metallic interior trim accents, power tilt and telescopic steering wheel with paddle shifters, premium leather seats with unique stitching, xenon headlamps, XM Satellite Radio, and rear spoiler. The rear seats are buckets for four-passenger seating, and the fixed rear seat includes a fold-down rear armrest and cargo pass-through.

The Premium Package uses 18-inch alloy wheels and does not have sport suspension, but otherwise builds on the Sport Package and adds auto up/down on all windows, eucalyptus wood-tone interior trim, fold-down rear armrest with climate and stereo controls, heated and cooled driver’s seat, power rear sunshade, premium mood lighting, rearview monitor and dual-panel power sunroof with power sunshade.

The Sport Package can be further optioned with a Tech Package that adds rearview monitor, navigation system with voice recognition, XM NaviTraffic and 9.3 GB Music Box; the Premium Package can be optioned with a Navigation Package that adds the voice-activated navigation system, XM NaviTraffic and Music Box.

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