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Original MSRP: $31,000 - $33,240
MPG: 19 City / 26 Hwy
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Used Car: 2013 Nissan Maxima Review

Review Last Updated: 8/26/14

Though test drivers liked the 2013 Nissan Maxima’s powerful V6 engine, some said the Maxima can’t match the crisp handling of some rivals.

Reviewers were impressed with the 2013 Nissan Maxima’s standard V6 engine and the quick acceleration it helps deliver. The Maxima comes standard with an automatic transmission (CVT). Some critics wrote that the transmission’s paddle shifters provide an engaging driving experience. According to the EPA, the 2013 Nissan Maxima gets 19/26 mpg city/highway, which is on par with the fuel economy of most six-cylinder rivals, though cars like the 2013 BMW 335i get better fuel economy. Some critics noted that the Maxima feels fairly sporty and has precise steering and a composed ride, though others wrote that some rivals offer sharper handling.

Most automotive journalists wrote that the 2013 Nissan Maxima’s sleek cabin design and premium materials make it almost as nice inside as an Infiniti, but some felt that the Maxima's cabin quality could be better. The front seats seemed comfortable to most test drivers. Critics noted that the Maxima’s sloping roof cuts into rear-seat headroom. The Nissan Maxima has 14.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is large for the class. Standard features in the 2013 Nissan Maxima include proximity key, power-adjustable front seats, a moonroof and Bluetooth. Available features include leather upholstery, a rearview camera, a dual-panel moonroof, navigation, a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, a USB input and satellite radio. Auto writers noted that the navigation system and audio adjustments are straightforward.

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Reviewers were impressed with the 2013 Infiniti G37's powerful standard V6 and high-quality interior materials. They also said the G37 is one of the better-handling cars in the class, with tenacious cornering grip, accurate steering and powerful brakes.

Test drivers wrote that the 2013 Acura TL’s standard V6 is quite potent, and they were pleased with the TL’s poised handling, especially with the available all-wheel drive system. Critics also noted that the TL has a very spacious back seat and superb cabin build quality.

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