Nissan Maxima Offers New SV Value Package, Revised Sport Package for 2013 Model YearThe flagship Nissan Maxima continues to set the bar for premium 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.
Maxima, the original 4-door sports car, offers exclusive features not found anywhere else in Nissan's sedan lineup:
•An award-winning 290-horsepower VQ engine that delivers exhilarating performance
•A sport-tuned chassis wîth the quickest §teering ratio of any Nissan sedan (15.2:1)
•Available 19-inch Hyper Silver-finished wheels wîth optional summer tires
•Available Dual Panel Moonroof, which gives the car the unique appearance of having an all-glass black roof
•Available heated and ventilated driver's seat for added comfort in all climates
•Sport seats wîth driver's thigh extension and contrasting stitching
For 2013, enhancements include a new SV Value Package featuring a 9-speaker Bose® audio system, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), heated front seats, heated §teering wheel, heated outside mirrors and a new Bose® Audio Package. The Sport Package has been revised to add Monitor Package content (7-inch color monitor, ÚSB connectivity, iPod® net in center console, RearView Monitor), plus climate-controlled driver's seat and Dark Hyper Silver-finished 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. One new exterior color, Pearl White, is also added.
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® wîth manual and 'Ds' (drive sport) modes and available paddle shifters.
A Dynamic Presence, A Luxurious Interior On the road or standing still, Maxima offers a dynamic presence that distinguishes it from other mid-size sedans. Maxima's exterior is highlighted by the flow of its powerful and beautiful surfaces, like the undulation of a wave. The look starts wîth Maxima's aggressive stance and powerful fender volume. This deeply sculpted body/fender treatment is seldom used for mass market vehicles because of the engineering and manufacturing complexity required to physically accomplish it.
Maxima's aggressive performance stance is created by its sporty proportions that carefully balance wheelbase and overall length and accented by 18-inch and available 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and low-profile performance tires.
Maxima's exterior also imparts a strong premium presence. The large, wraparound L-shaped headlights add a unique dimension to the overall design, while the light surrounds suggest a powerful 'turbine' appearance of energy and strength. The upturned headlight shape combines wîth a signature Nissan grille design, large bumper opening and bulging 'catamaran-style' hood to give Maxima a formidable expression, setting the tone for the rest of the vehicle. Smoke-colored High Intensity Discharge (HID) Xenon headlights and a dark chrome grille finish are available wîth the optional Sport Package.
The powerful Maxima form continues along its profile, wîth careful layering of the bumper, hood and fender parting lines. The polished, elegant motion spreads from the deep-waisted rear fenders through distinctive Maxima-style C-pillars and high trunk lid. At the rear, Maxima features a 12-LED L-shaped taillight design, wîth a pair of side marker bulbs for added visibility during night driving.
Another unique styling feature is the available Dual Panel Moonroof, which combines a front section that moves like a normal moonroof (positioned farther forward than typical) and a fixed translucent rear section that provides light to rear seat passengers. The overall design gives the appearance that the entire roof is composed of black glass. The Dual Panel Moonroof includes dual power sunshades for both the front and rear glass sections, adding a level of convenience. It is offered as part of the Premium Package.
Maxima is available in a choice of eight exterior colors: Java Metallic, Crimson Black, Metallic Slate, Brilliant Silver, Super Black, Tuscan Sun, Navy Blue and
new Pearl White.
Maxima's interior design provides the feeling of a sports car wîth controls ergonomically close, yet wîth ample roominess and comfort for both driver and passengers. The instrument panel features 'Daytime Illumination' electroluminescent meters wîth white illumination color. The tachometer is rotated so the engine redline is placed at the 12 o'clock position, and there is extensive use of chrome surrounds for the gauges, vent rings, vent knobs and audio switches.
The sport-oriented three-spoke §teering wheel features a unique 'parallel' pattern §teering wheel stitching (versus the traditional baseball-style stitching) for enhanced grip on Maxima Sport and Premium Packages. A unique shiny gray stitch color is included wîth the Sport Package.
The driver's seat includes an available manual thigh extension for long distance driving and additional padding in the side bolsters for good lateral support during sporty driving. The seat is also available wîth heating and cooling functions and premium leather-appointed surfaces wîth special stitching. Also available are power lower lumbar and memory functions. Two different rear seat layouts are offered - a 60/40 fold-down rear seat wîth access to the trunk, and a fixed rear seat wîth center armrest pass-through for carrying long items such as skis or other sporting equipment (Sport Package and Premium Package). There is a choice of two interior colors - Café Latté and Charcoal.
Comfort and convenience features include a standard moonroof, 8-way power driver's seat and 4-way power adjustable front passenger seat, dual-zone automatic temperature control, cruise control wîth illuminated §teering wheel mounted controls, Nissan Intelligent Key® wîth Push Button Ignition, power windows and door locks, AM/FM/CD6/MP3 audio system wîth eight speakers, Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System and available ÚSB connectivity.
True Sports Sedan Performance
In creating driving performance worthy of Nissan's flagship, the Maxima body and chassis engineering teams worked together to create a secure feeling, virtually no torque steer during acceleration and a level of nimbleness that ultimately makes a car fun to drive. Útilizing Nissan's advanced 'D platform' as its foundation, Maxima features a standard 3.5-liter VQ-series V6 engine rated at 290 horsepower and 261 lb-ft of torque.
The engine includes a modular engine design wîth microfinished crank journals and cam lobes, molybdenum coated lightweight pistons, a resin intake collector, digital knock control, six individual coils (one per spark plug) and a cross-flow coolant pattern. Also utilized are a Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS), a variable induction system, a silent timing chain and electronically controlled throttle. Maxima also utilizes a six-point engine mounting system, which includes upper and lower torque rods, high rigidity front and rear aluminum brackets and front and rear switchable control mounts to improve NVH performance under high engine torque conditions.
All 2013 Maximas come equipped wîth a refined Xtronic CVT® wîth manual mode, tuned specifically for Maxima's sporty driving character. For drivers seeking more aggressive shift operation, 'Ds mode' (drive sport) electronic control logic programming provides increased acceleration feel wîth higher engine revolutions, automatic engine braking and maintaining engine speed during cornering. Available §teering column-mounted paddle shifters allow for manual transmission-like shift changes while the driver's hands remain on the wheel.
Maxima's suspension is designed to be both stimulating and relaxing, combining responsive handling wîth a comfortable ride. The subframe-mounted strut/coil spring front suspension makes extensive use of lightweight aluminum parts. An X-type upper cowl structure helps provide front body rigidity for suspension mounting. Maxima's multi-link independent rear suspension design, also subframe-mounted, offers outstanding handling by minimizing camber change during cornering. The rear shock absorbers and springs are separated and the shocks are in line wîth the center of the rear wheels, providing excellent damping and minimal harshness. Front and rear stabilizer bars are standard.
Braking is provided by standard 4-wheel vented disc brakes wîth a 4-channel, 4-sensor, 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) wîth Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. Maxima also features a Twin Orifice Power Steering (TOPS) vehicle-speed-sensitive power rack-and-pinion §teering system wîth the quickest §teering ratio of any Nissan sedan (15.2:1) to help provide its sporty §teering feel. A strut tower brace contributes to Maxima's §teering precision and rigidity. Maxima offers standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and 245/45R18 all-season tires. The Maxima 3.5 SV model wîth Sport Package features 19-inch Light Hyper Silver-finish aluminum-alloy wheels wîth 245/40R19 all-season or summer performance tires.
Standard Safety Features, High Residual Value
Maxima comes equipped wîth standard Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) wîth dual-stage front supplemental air bags, seat belt sensors and an occupant classification sensor, front seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front and rear outboard occupant head protection.
Also standard, along wîth front-seat Active Head Restraints, are 3-point rear seat belts for all seating positions, front seat belts wîth pretensioners, load limiters and adjustable upper anchors, emergency inside trunk release, Zone Body construction wîth front and rear crumple zones, LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Maxima also features standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) wîth Traction Control System (TCS).
Maxima has also received the ALG Residual Value Awards for Best Fullsize Car for four years in a row (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012). The ALG Residual Value Awards recognize the vehicle in each §egmènt that is predicted to retain the highest percentage of original price after a conventional three-year period.
Two Well-Equipped Models, Plus Special Equipment Packages
The 2013 Maxima is offered in two well-equipped models. In addition to the long list of standard features found on every Maxima 3.5 S model, Maxima 3.5 SV adds leather-appointed sport seats, HomeLink® Úniversal Transceiver, fog lights and outside mirrors wîth turn signal indicators.
A number of packages are also offered. The new SV Value Package features a 9-speaker Bose® audio system, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), heated front seats, heated §teering wheel and heated outside mirrors.
The Sport Package's equipment includes a sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, rear spoiler, High Intensity Discharge (HID) Xenon headlights, heated outside mirrors wîth reverse tilt-down feature, automatic entry/exit system wîth power tilt/telescoping §teering wheel and two-driver memory, heated front seats and §teering wheel, paddle shifters, metallic finish trim, premium leather-appointed seats, smoked headlight covers and dark chrome grille.
For 2013, the Sport Package has been enhanced to also include a 7-inch color monitor, ÚSB connectivity, iPod® net in center console, RearView Monitor, climate-controlled driver's seat and more.
The Premium Package includes the Dual Panel Moonroof wîth rear roof window and front and rear power retractable sunshades, High Intensity Discharge (HID) Xenon headlights, heated outside mirrors wîth reverse tilt-down feature, automatic entry/exit system wîth power tilt/telescoping §teering wheel and two-driver memory, heated front seats and §teering wheel, paddle shifters, premium leather-appointed seats, Atlantic Cherry wood-tone trim, 7.0-inch color monitor, RearView Monitor and more.
Tech Packages are available for Maxima SV, SV Sport and SV Premium and include an advanced Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System wîth Voice Recognition, NavTraffic wîth Real-Time Traffic Information, NavWeather (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®, 7.0-inch touch screen color monitor and DVD playback capability.
Other available packages include the new Bose® Audio Package, the Monitor Package, High Intensity Discharge (HID) Xenon Headlights, Cold Package and 19-inch Summer Tires.