Nissan Maxima Review | 2012 350Ti

20 Mar 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Nissan Maxima Review | 2012 350Ti
Nissan Maxima

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Vehicle Style: sedan

Price: $46,990 on-roads)

Fuel Economy 10.2 l/100km

Fuel (tested): 10.4 l/100km

J32 Maxima is a frequently-overlooked large car and only commands a tiny of the segment.

But its shortcomings are few: the feels quite upmarket, the seat is spacious, it rides and that 3.5 litre V6 is a pearler.

at the flagship 350Ti’s $46,990 it’s a very good car for the A minor update in late added even more – leaving just one or two gaps in the 2012 Maxima spec sheet.

Quality: and build quality are well par, and markedly better the Maxima’s Australian-built competitors.

are plenty of soft leather-upholstered and the quality of the hide is good, if a slippery.

The centre console its alloy-look console plastics is a plain and featureless, but in keeping the Maxima’s clean, flowing design.

Comfort: Both front are electrically adjustable (the is eight-way adjustable and has a two position and heated, however the steering only adjusts for tilt, not – a real oddity in segment.

The front seats excellent support though, as the rear bench.

Three adults can easily sit across the seat, and with just two it’s positively luxurious.

and headroom is plentiful at the back, and a centre armrest is standard.

air vents are also provided for and a power-retractable sun blind in the parcel (a new addition for 2012) helps the harsh Aussie sun.

The Maxima 350Ti is well-specced, standard with satellite dual-zone climate control, control, trip computer, xenon headlamps and a proximity

The sound system is a premium Bose stereo with audio inputs, and the Bluetooth integration on MY2012 350Ti’s can now be via steering-wheel mounted buttons.

new features added for 2012 a side-facing camera, which the kerbside front corner of the car to aid

The xenon headlights now also into corners to help vision at night. Annoyingly front parking sensors are to be found on the Maxima’s spec

A rear view camera is on the Ti, but with the Maxima’s width, overhang and large nose, the of front parking sensors is a oversight.

Storage: The boot is large, flat and measures a 506 litres.

Unfortunately, the back don#39;t fold down to larger items to be carried. a small port hidden the centre armrest enables thinner cargo (such as to be carried.

Driveability: The J32 Maxima’s 3.5 V6 is essentially a detuned version of the engine and serves the Maxima well, producing 185kW at and 326Nm at 4400rpm.

Performance is strong with of low-down torque, and the CVT automatic coupled to is one of the best around.

The rarely needs more 2500rpm during everyday driving, but both the engine and respond swiftly to demands for power.

It’s capable of a decent shove in the back and overtaking at highway speeds is a

The CVT features a six-ratio manual mode, which changes quickly and smoothly for a sportier experience.

Refinement: The cabin is isolated from noise and with just a little bit of roar on coarser tarmac.

The feels a lot more cosseting its competitors,thanks to a quieter cabin and a smooth ride.

Suspension: The Maxima’s front strut and rear multi-link delivers a good balance ride comfort and roadholding.

The feels a bit lifeless around but firms up somewhat at faster Its 11.4 metre turning is a bit on the wide side though.

is reassuring, but like all front drive cars the Maxima more weight over its and understeers when pushed

Braking: Braking performance is with the Maxima’s all-disc stopping its 1600kg-plus weight ease.

The pedal is responsive and consistent feel underfoot.

rating: Not tested.

Safety Standard safety features stability control, traction ABS, EBD and brake assist.

are protected by dual front and airbags, front active front pretensioning seatbelts and curtain airbags.


Warranty: 3 years/100,000km. An extended is available.

Service costs: intervals are set for every six months or with the first 12 services by Nissan’s capped-price servicing

Under the scheme, a general for the Maxima costs between and $370, while more services can cost between and $650. The first major is due at 60 months/100,000km, and costs $792.

Falcon G6E ($46,735) – The G6 has the interior of Australian built cars, and has a torquey and effortless 4.0 litre inline six and six-speed

The Maxima outguns it however for and refinement. (see Falcon )

Toyota Aurion Presara – The most expensive of lot, but also the least The Aurion is at the end of its lifespan and due for a replacement this year, so it looks and dated in this company.

also quite a dull despite its powerful 200kW 3.5 V6. (see Aurion reviews )

Calais ($48,290) – with a superb 210kW/350Nm 3.6 V6, the Calais has plenty of straight-line It handles very well for a car of its too; but is bettered by the Maxima#39;s features and high-quality furnishings. Calais reviews )

Note: all prices are Manufacturer’s Price and do not include dealer or on-road costs.


Nissan#39;s Maxima range is and underrated by Australian car-buyers.

It may not conjure up images of luxury and but the Maxima 350 Ti offers exactly and is a properly nice car to drive.

The of reach-adjustable steering and front count against it, but, omissions aside, the Ti offers good value for money stacked against its key rivals.

Its and slightly ungainly styling may not be for but why it doesn’t sell in greater (only 1923 Maximas dealerships last year) is our comprehension.

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