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Nissan Maxima 350 TI (2012)

by John Ewing,reviewed June 2012

Nissan’s J32 Maxima now offers extra goodies, though buyers won’t need to shell out extra cash to own one with list prices remaining static.
The range-leading 350 Ti, already good value with a generous standard equipment list, now gives drivers improved vision courtesy of adaptive front lighting.

Drivers can also switch on a new side-view camera to show the passenger side front of the car in the navigation system screen. It’s handy in situations such as parking bays.

Another addition is a rear sunshade that rises at the flick of a switch and automatically retracts when reverse is selected, to avoid impairing vision.

Our test car was pleasant to live with, but hardly the vehicle to inspire more demanding drivers.

The all-alloy 3.5-litre engine has a sweet, refined feel to it and provides robust performance, albeit on minimum 95 RON premium unleaded. The Xtronic CVT auto is pretty seamless and rarely needs to wring maximum revs from the engine, thanks to the V6’s useful torque.

Handling and steering are sufficiently competent, and in the main should satisfy the target audience. Keener drivers (us included) will find the dynamics a little dull and ponderous, though.

Maxima’s chassis is biased for a supple, comfortable ride, complementing the lounge chair feel of the front seats. The foot operated park brake doesn’t win our applause.
Nissan Maxima 350 TI 2012

For

Price, equipment, performance, supple ride

Against

Handling, foot-operated park brake, requires premium fuel

Key features

Dual front climate-control airconditioning, 17” alloys, leather, sunroof, touch-screen navigation, Bose six-stack CD audio with video/MP3 inputs/DVD, bluetooth, reversing and side-view camera, heated/power front seats

Safety

Dual front/side/curtain airbags (DFSCA), anti-lock brakes (ABS), brake assist (BA), electronic brake distribution (EBD), electronic stability control (ESC), traction control (TC), front active headrests

Car Details

Vehicle make Nissan
Vehicle model Maxima 350 TI
Vehicle type Large Under $60,000
Year 2012
Price when new $46,990 MLP
Current price range $ - $
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Engine 3.5-litre, petrol V6
Max power 185 kW @ 6000 rpm
Max torque 326 Nm @ 4400 rpm
Acceleration to 100 km/h 7.4 sec. (average, as tested)
Braking from 80 km/h 25.2 m (average, as tested)
Economy ADR 10.2 litres/100 km
Emissions rating
3 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.