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.