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in 2011 Upscale Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $18,215 - $19,891
Original MSRP: $31,750 - $34,450
MPG: 19 City / 26 Hwy
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2011 Nissan Maxima Interior

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The Maxima earns high marks for its impressive cabin tech, adding a luxurious feel. While the Maxima’s wraparound dash design draws comparisons to the Nissan Altima, the materials lead reviewers to draw comparisons to up-market offerings such as the Infiniti G and Infiniti M. Consumers on the hunt for an even better-appointed interior should check out the Hyundai Genesis sedan, which offers interior luxury seldom seen at this price point.

  • "Maxima's interior concept – ‘Super Cockpit, but with Space’ -- is designed to impart the intimate feeling of a sports car with the utilitarian space of a sedan." -- Automobile Magazine 
  • "Within the cabin, you'll find a well-designed interior with excellent materials." -- Edmunds 
  • "The aggressive dash design places all controls closer to the driver and raises the center console controls closer to the driver's line of sight. We did, however, find the driver's-side door-pull handle hinders lateral hand motion when using the power-window buttons, and is an annoyance at times." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The Maxima's cabin could probably get away with an Infiniti badge. It draws elements from Infiniti's G and M sedans, while the wraparound dash looks much like the one in the Altima. All told, it easily rivals the cabin in a Buick Lucerne, another upscale player in this group." -- Cars.com 
  • "The interior's nearly as good as the exterior. First and foremost is that thick (we're talking BMW-thick) leather-wrapped steering wheel that is mercifully (nearly) free of button clutter. While all Maximas now ship with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), the large, almost oversized aluminum flappy paddles behind the wheel feel great." -- Autoblog

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Seating

The front seats of the Nissan Maxima are generally well-received, with critics noting comfortable, well-bolstered accommodations. All Maxima sedans feature an eight-way power driver’s seat, with manual or power lumbar support on the S and SV trims, respectively. Opt for the SV trim and leather-appointed seats come standard. Comfort also jumps up a notch in the optional Premium Package, which includes a climate-controlled driver’s seat that’s heated and cooled. Heated front seats are also available in the Cold and Sport packages.

Reviewers have mixed opinions about the rear seats in the Maxima. Some say that they are comfortable while others note that the sloping roofline and seatbacks may impose on passenger comfort.

  • "Within the ample, adult-size cabin, the front seats blend support and soft cushioning. The executive-style rear bucket seats are comfortable and stylish just like those in the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Volkswagen CC, but the small center position is understandably all but unusable." -- Edmunds 
  • "Nissan's nicely bolstered seats feature available thigh support and, in conjunction with the sporty three-spoke steering wheel, place the driver in a commanding position that encourages aggressive driving. Rear seats are given equal treatment, but some of us thought the hollowed-out seatbacks could offer more lower back support and noted that the sloping roofline brushed against the heads of taller occupants." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The seats are also thick, many-way adjustable and comfy. Though we'd like some more leg and hip bolstering -- the seat bottom is a little flat -- rear seat customers will enjoy their spacious perch." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

There’s no shortage of standard features on the 2011 Nissan Maxima, which include Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button ignition, remote windows-down and trunk release, and steering wheel mounted controls for cruise and audio functions.

While the long list of standard features is impressive, reviewers also favor the Maxima’s interior, which uses mostly high-quality materials.

  • "The 2011 Maxima's interior is as upscale as you'll find in the Nissan lineup. The cabin is understated and surrounds passengers with high-quality materials worthy of the sedan's luxury-car price tag. When combined with the Premium or Sport packages, the cabin is on even footing with its pricier Infiniti G37 cousin. We're especially fond of the Maxima's optional iPod interface, which is one of the best." -- Edmunds 
  • "The instrument binnacle is intelligently designed and filled with big, legible gauges, exactly what one would need if you were to take Nissan up on its renewed 4DSC (Four-Door Sports Car) boast." -- Autoblog

Cargo

Test drivers were tight-lipped when it came to the Nissan Maxima’s 14.2 cubic feet of cargo space. They do note, however, that upgrading to the Premium Package eliminates the folding 60/40-split rear seat, replacing it with just a center pass-through. If you’re looking for a bigger trunk, check out competitors such as the Lincoln MKZ and the Hyundai Genesis, which offer 16 and 15.9 cubic feet of cargo space, respectively.

  • "The standard 60/40-split rear seats can fold down for bulkier items, but the optional bucket rear seats offer just a center pass-through for longer objects." -- Edmunds

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