Does the 2013 Nissan Maxima have what it takes to turn heads away from its rivals?
Nissan has throughout its history held a reputation for thinking somewhat outside the proverbial box when it comes to style and function – case in point being the Nissan Maxima which has been around for quite some time now.
This time around, the new 2013 Nissan Maxima does hark back to the original model some four years ago in many ways. The original was a pretty standard sedan seating five adults with some elements of comfort. It was always able to defend its somewhat muted claims of being a sports car (with four doors) by virtue of the way it handled and the quite unusual (for this class of vehicles anyway) stylish exterior.
The new three-point-five litre version of the 2013 Nissan Maxima for testing comes in at just over thirty-five thousand bucks. It’s a lot of money, but one has to take into account the throbbing V6 engine and many other top of the range additions such as full leather seating, tonnes of airbags and deliciously large eighteen inch alloys.
It’s also worth mentioning at this juncture that the 2013 Nissan Maxima has seen off a lot of its competitors in the past in relation to safety. It has a total four star rating including an impressive five stars in the rollover simulation crash testing.
All in all, it’s fair to say that the 2013 Maxima’s safety features take some beating.
Nissan’s challenge with the new Maxima however lays in whether it can see off the competition in terms of how eye-catching this model is. Let’s face it, in the same price bracket Chevy has the 2013 Impala and the stunning 2013 Avalon from Toyota also features here. Both cars have the ability to make bystanders take a second glance; we’re not so sure that the same could be said for the 2013 Maxima.
Fuel economy ratings may however go some way to bridge this gap; the 2013 Maxima V6 has a combined efficiency of around twenty-two miles per gallon.