Nissan has given the 2012 Maxima a quick nip/tuck. The sedan now comes equipped with a revised front fascia with a new grille design, as well as a set of new rear combination lights. Buyers can also choose between fresh 18- and 19-inch aluminum alloy wheel designs, as well as two new exterior colors. Indoors, the cabin has been equipped with white-illuminated gauges for the first time, as well as a range of new colors and trim treatments as well. Even so, Nissan has held the line on pricing on the vehicle for next year. The base Maxima 3.5 S CVT will still carry an MSRP of $31,750, excluding destination charges.

Next year will also see the introduction of a new limited edition package for the Maxima 3.5 S. The $710 package throws in smoked headlights with HID bulbs, 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels and a rear spoiler as well as a smattering of satin chrome outside. Hit the jump to check the full press release.
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Nissan Announces U.S. Pricing for 2012 Maxima

Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today announced U.S. pricing for the 2012 Nissan Maxima, which is on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide. Maxima is again offered in two well-equipped models – Maxima 3.5 S and Maxima 3.5 SV, each featuring a standard 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine and Xtronic CVT® transmission – and with no price increase despite a number of significant enhancements for the new model year.

For 2012, Maxima receives a refreshed exterior – with a new front grille design, new rear combination lights, and new 18-inch and 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Inside, the roomy Maxima interior's enhancements include a new meter cluster illumination color (white), new Dark Piano-hairline trim, a new Atlantic Cherry wood tone trim, a new metallic-finish trim, and a new Cafe Latte interior color. There's also a new audio segment display and new audio/HVAC knob design. In addition, two new exterior colors are offered: Java Metallic and Dark Slate.

The other big news for the 2012 Maxima is the addition of a special Limited Edition Package for the 3.5 S model, which features smoked appearance headlights, High Intensity Discharge (HID) Xenon headlights, a compass in the rearview mirror, 18-inch aluminum-alloy Dark Hyper Silver finish wheels, a rear spoiler, dark satin chrome front grille, fog lights, outside mirrors with integrated turn signals and metallic trim. The Limited Edition Package provides excellent value at an MSRP of $710 USD.

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices* (MSRP) for the 2012 Nissan Maxima include:
Maxima 3.5 S CVT
$31,750 USD
Maxima 3.5 SV CVT
$34,450 USD

About the 2012 Nissan Maxima
The flagship Nissan Maxima continues to set the bar for Nissan sedans, combining breakthrough sports sedan styling, a driver-oriented cockpit, ample comfort and luxury for passengers and an advanced drivetrain anchored by Nissan's legendary VQ-series V6 engine.

Along with its refreshed exterior – with a new front grille design, new rear combination lights, and new 18-inch and 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels – enhancements for 2012 include a new meter cluster illumination color, new available trim selections, a new Cafe Latte interior color, and two new exterior colors. A special Limited Edition Package with unique equipment is also added to the range of available packages that includes a Premium Package, Sport Package and Tech Package.

The 2012 Maxima is offered in two well-equipped models – Maxima 3.5 S and Maxima 3.5 SV, each featuring a standard 290-horsepower 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve VQ-series V6 engine and Xtronic CVT® with manual and "Ds" (drive sport) modes and available paddle shifters. Maxima's sporty interior design combines a driver-oriented cockpit with ample comfort and luxury for passengers. The wide range of available technology includes a premium Bose® audio system, RearView Monitor and Nissan Hard Drive Navigation system with XM NavTraffic Real-Time Traffic Information and XM NavWeather™ (XM subscription required, sold separately).


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      who_the
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ghosn has lost his touch. After reviving Nissan several years ago, this car is a waste of effort with too much overlap both below and above it. I don't understand why the Maxima even exists. It's an Altima with flared fenders and a CVT. What Nissan calls the "Maxima" should have been the new Altima a few years ago. If Nissan wants to step people up to another model, it should be the G37.
      JamesC
      • 3 Years Ago
      Would rather buy an Infiniti G for the money
      zizixx89
      • 3 Years Ago
      this car should have gotten LED strips in the bottom part of the headlights would look more official
      Tweak589
      • 3 Years Ago
      I do not trust the reliability of Nissans. The last 2 I've owned had SERIOUS technical problems -- with proper maintenance. They just aren't good cars. Cheap interiors, gutless engines, etc. Two other Nissan owners I know have had to junk their cars due to transmission issues and one had to go through the pain of a dead engine + 2 new factory crate engines a month following. Warranty could only cover so much. I don't trust Nissan, never will... Anymore. So what does this have to do with the above Maxima? Don't bother with the facelift and/or exterior. The engineering behind these cars is what needs work.
        Papi L-Gee
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tweak589
        Wife drives a '99 Maxima. Mechanically, it has been near flawless, with only peripherals needing to be replaced or repaired (AC compressor, knock sensor, the dreaded P0400 code). I used to have a '96 Pathfinder. The only thing that ever broke on that bad boy was the odometer (when I let it go, it read 111268 which was at least short by 70k miles). I have heard countless stories about the newer ones, mainly between 04 and 08 and especially with Maximas. Don't know what happened there, but it does have me concerned as I look for new cars. Oh, and that's the first time I heard anyone insinuate that the VQ was gutless...
        SteveM
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tweak589
        Agreed - Nissan has lost me for life with a 2011 POS that has had constant CVT issues... and they call them "normal". Since when should a tranny sound like a coffee grinder... this is 2011 for goodness sakes, and I'm disgusted with how poorly they stand behind their product. Never will they sell me anything again.
        Brandon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tweak589
        That's funny. My experience is the exact opposite. My two recent Nissans (08 Altima and 91 Maxima) have been more reliable than my previous (93) Honda Accord. Everyone has different stories and experiences, I'm not invalidating yours, I'm just saying that some people get unlucky.
        Brascoe
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tweak589
        210,000 miles on my '96 Maxima. My dad has a 1994 Maxima with 180,000 miles. Maybe the newer generations are not like the old but I look at Nissan as having the highest mechanical quality for a cheaper price than a Toyota.
        scott
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tweak589
        I would say say buy a Nissan new and sell it when the warranty ends...if you have to go that route. My dad bought a new Nissan Altima back in 2008 with the 2.5 liter engine in it....by 10,000 miles the engine would be extremely loud and buzzy in cold mornings, he took it in, and turns out the cam shaft cracked...the entire engine had to be replaced. Next the key fob system stopped working, as did his push button start. Now his car is starting to get loud and buzzy again. I talked to a friend who has an identical car, and found out she had her engine replaced at about 15k...same thing, yet the Nissan dealer in town told both of them "oh, we've never seen such a thing"...well Nissan voluntarily paid for both replacements, but made no recall.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tweak589
        Tweak; you hit the spot. Go on carsurvey.org and look at reviews pre-99 and post -99 of all Nissan models, particularly the Maxima! Yeah, Carlos Ghosn is a hero and he saved the company. He also cheapened the components on these cars so far down that they're less reliable than a domestic car. I own two pre-'99 Nissans and am not giving them up any time soon!! Both of them have over 200k and run great, even passing smog with flying colors using the original catalytic converter. I cannot stand behind this company now. I have seen Sentras and Altimas fall apart just after the warranty period, and my Sister's 2001 Maxima is an absolute lemon compared to my 1994 Maxima.
      MAX
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just another Japanese commodity car for the new Dodge Charger to beat on.
        dowens1617
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAX
        Charger? Ha ha ha ha ha. You actually have the nerve to put a Dodge product against the mighty Nissan? Ha ha ha ha ha.
          carfan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @dowens1617
          are you really that stupid??? Nissan is a POS!! how do you even dare to put the two next to each other...look around you square head and see what nissan along with the other japanese are vomiting out nowadays that fewer and fewer stupid amricans are liking up. at least here in europe we are a little bit more demanding than you idiots across the pond...what a bunch of idiots
        photopro
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAX
        for the charger, huh.... Well if the reliability and quality are the same as 08-2010 they dont stand a chance. i own an 08 Charger and its under-powered and unreliable.... also the new 6 cyl. with its upgraded engine still has less HP/POUND then the Maxima. The charger cant beat anything except itself...
      gfolee69
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why feature the Nissan? Did they pay you? Aren't you an American Media Outlet? Theres plebty of great American cars out there that I never see promoted on this site. Its just like Car and Driver magazine, to them there's no such thing as a good American cars, I say BS! Be American, buy American! You don't see Asain Americans buying American, they do not support our economy they send it home, why are you? Lets not forget, Mitsubishi built the Japanese Zero that bombed Pearl Harbor, Beginning in 1938 and lasting throughout World War II, Nissan converted entirely from producing small passenger cars to producing trucks and military vehicles. Allied occupation forces seized much of Nissan's production operations in 1945 and didn't return full control to Nissan until a decade later. As far as German Cars, Mercedes Benz was the leader in producing WWII machinery for the Nazi's and employed Jewish Slave Labor. Volkswagen, Germans no 1 car during WWII and Hitlers idea. Last time I checked neither Chevy, Ford or Chrysler ever bombed, shot at or attacked us, keep buying those foreign cars you ignorant few! I'll never buy one.
        dowens1617
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gfolee69
        Dude this not the 1930's or 40's. Every single American car manufacture has parts that come from some corner of the globe that's not North America. Also every single American car manufacture has been in league, owned, or been owned by a foreign car company rival. Chrysler was in league and owned a percentage of Mitsubishi in the 1990's thru early 2000's. Mitsubishi allowed Chrysler to use a lot of their technology in a few of their cars. In the late 1990's and early 2000's Daimler was supposed to be (equal) partners with Chrysler. Really Daimler owned Chrysler. They collaborated and produced a few cars together. Ford owned percentages in Jaguar, Range Rover, Volvo, and Mazda. Ford used technology stolen from all those manufactures to produce the cars they are producing now. Don't even get me started on GM. The point is your argument is flawed. You can buy all the American cars you want. But that money is going back out to other regions of the world. Besides Chrysler, Chevy, Lincoln still don't make cars that are very desirable. It’s your hard earned money. Buy whatever makes you happy.
        carfan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gfolee69
        I TOTALLY agree...AB will go to hell along with all the asians. The few asiaholics will not be enough in #'s to support this POS site. Not to mention that BMW is paying these morons to appearf everytime a piece of the camouflage rag falls off of their lame products, like they really have anything to hide. Helooo, it the same old BMW why the camouflage?!
      Jay
      • 3 Years Ago
      You can downvote me into oblivion for saying so, but I believe that the only model in Nissan/Infiniti's current lineup that will go down in history as a "pretty" car is the Murano. Maybe the GT-R, but not because it's acrually pretty; it's what that car is capable of that makes it exciting to look at. The Maxima though? It doesn't have that kind of swagger going for it. The front end on the Maxima was a trainwreck of incompatible angles and curves before, and it's a trainwreck now. But I am happy to see Nissan holding the line on the Maxima's price, because it's already pretty high compared to its closest competitors.
        Jake S
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jay
        I think the 370Z Nismo Edition is absolutely stunning.
        Jay
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jay
        Add the Infiniti G series to that list of good looking cars. But consider that the design of the G series has barely changed since 2002. Lately, every new design decision seems to just muck things up.
      johnb
      • 3 Years Ago
      The previous generation Maxima was so much nicer. The last few years, including this update look brick-like. Blah.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Still no manual transmission.... ..still not interested!!
      Scott Reid
      • 3 Years Ago
      FUUUUGGLY!!! I'm done now!
      bmitche
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love the Altima !!!
      Paul M
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can it get a transmission lift, while they're at it? Anything with a CVT is a non-starter in my book. Make it in a manual and we'll talk...
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