2013 Nissan Maxima

MSRP $31,000 - $33,240

Ranked #7 in Sedan

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2013 Nissan Maxima Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 11, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Despite not belonging to the luxury segment, Maxima is a mid-size sedan that is camouflaging the luxurious hints and vibes from Nissan’s Infiniti brand. The craftsmanship on the exterior and interior is remarkable. However, in the safety department, Nissan Maxima does have the potential to grow where rivals are already securing high ranks.

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Pros

Good handling

Quick acceleration

Ample of features

Cons

Poor safety ratings

Cramped rear row

What's New?

No significant updates 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$31000

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

147 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

213 cu.in.

horsepower

290 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

261 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

2 speed CVT w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

109.3 in.

length

190.6 in.

width

73.2 in.

height

57.8 in.

curb weight

3551 lbs.

ground clearance

6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

95.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

payload capacity

1133 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/22/26 mpg

highway range

520 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

S$31,000 onwards

SV w/Sport Package$33,240 onwards

SV w/Premium Package$33,240 onwards

SV$33,240 onwards

Colors and Styles

2013 Nissan Maxima in Brilliant Silver Metallic color
Brilliant Silver Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

6.0

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


Starting price of the 2013 Nissan Maxima is $31,000 for the base trim and $33,240 for the top trim. Hiding a 3.5-liter V6 engine under the hood which can produce 290 hp, this beloved child of Nissan can sprint from 0-60 mph in less than six seconds. That said, Maxima is facing tough competition from challengers such as Toyota Avalon, Chevrolet Impala, and Hyundai Azera.


8.0/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2013 Nissan Maxima Features

8.0/10

The trim range of 2013 is very short as it only consists of two trim levels. But on the bright side, you are free from the confusion and headache due to confusing trim levels and their packages. The base S trim on the 2013 Altima has all the basic features for your comfort. It has seats covered in cloth upholstery, an 18-inch aluminum alloy that helps it run, and a 6-speaker sound system that lets you enjoy your favorite playlist. However, when you look at the top SV trim, it increases the level of comfort by adding various features such as HomeLink universal transceiver, leather seats, and various packages as per your needs.

Trim

S

SV

MSRP

$31,000

$33,240

Key Features

3.5-liter V6 engine

Adds or replaces in ‘S’

 

18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels

Fog lights

 

Automatic on/off headlights

HomeLink universal transceiver

 

Nissan Intelligent Key

Digital compass in the rearview mirror

 

8-speaker sound system

LED turn signal indicators

 

Power sliding moonroof

Driver’s seat power lumbar support

 

Cloth upholstery 

Leather upholstery 

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 
 

Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System

 
 

Cruise control

 

There are no optional packages given on the base trim while it is completely opposite for the SV trim. The premium package adds a dual-panel moonroof with a power-retractable sunshade, premium mood lighting, and Atlantic Cherry wood-tone trim. With the Sports Package, Maxima gets metallic trim, 7-inch QVGA color monitor, rearview monitor, heated outside mirrors with a reverse tilt-down feature, power-tilt/telescoping steering column, climate-controlled driver’s seat, and heated front-passenger seat, parallel-seamed leather-wrapped heated steering wheel with paddle, shifters, and rear bucket seats, 

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If you can stretch your budget a little, SV trim is a perfect fit for you. It has all the amenities you require and the availability of different packages gives you the freedom to customize your car as per your taste. 

2013 Nissan Maxima Engine and Performance

9.0/10

Both trims of the Maxima come with a 3.5-liter V6 naturally-aspirated gas engine which is mated to a continuous variable transmission. It churns out 290 hp and 261 lb-ft of torque. This power is directed towards the front wheels only as FWD is the only drivetrain given on the 2013 Maxima. That said, the Maxima can reach 60 mph from a standstill in 5.8 seconds which makes it the fastest sedan in the competition.

Coming to the driving experience and ride quality, the Nissan Maxima has performed pretty well. The steering wheel is precise and the brakes have good feedback. With the Sports package, you can add sport-tuned suspension which makes the ride hard and not as comfy as it is with the soft suspensions. A shift feature has been given with the CVT which allows you to explore all 6 gear ratios.

Model

2013 Nissan Maxima S

2013 Toyota Avalon XLE

2013 Chevrolet Impala LTZ

2013 Hyundai Azera 

MSRP

$31,000

$30,990

$30,400

$32,250

Engine

3.5-liter V6

3.5-liter V6

3.6-liter V6

3.3-liter V6

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

290 hp @ 6400 rpm

268 hp @ 6200 rpm

300 hp @ 6500 rpm

293 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque

261 ft-lbs. @ 4400 rpm

248 ft-lbs. @ 4700 rpm

262 ft-lbs. @ 5300 rpm

255 ft-lbs. @ 5200 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

5.8

6.2

6.1

6.3

Quarter mile (mph)

14.3

14.5

14.8

14.9

Top speed (mph)

150

NA

150

155

Toyota Avalon might have the lowest engine output in terms of horsepower and torque but it is infinitesimally faster than the Hyundai Azura. With the highest power figures, Chevrolet Impala finishes the 0-60 mph mark 0.4 seconds later than the Nissan Maxima. Lastly, the Hyundai Azura takes around 6.3 seconds to cross 60 mph from a standstill.

2013 Nissan Maxima Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The fuel consumption of the Nissan Maxima is not the highest in the segment but it is not very minimal either. Maxima returns a fuel economy of 19/26/22 mpg in the city/highway/combined respectively. However, to balance out the low fuel economy against few rivals Maxima has the largest fuel storage capacity.

Model

2013 Nissan Maxima S

2013 Toyota Avalon XLE

2013 Chevrolet Impala LTZ

2013 Hyundai Azera 

MPG (city)

19

21

18

20

MPG (Highway)

26

31

30

29

MPG (Combined)

22

25

22

23

Fuel Capacity

20.0

17.0

17.0

18.5

Range (City/highway)

380/520

357/527

306/510

370/537

The Toyota Avalon is wearing the crown for being the least thirsty car but it has the smallest fuel tank. That said, the fuel economy of the Chevrolet Impala is 2,1,3 mpg less in the city, highway, and combined as compared to the Toyota Avalon. Lastly, Hyundai Azura is the second most fuel-efficient sedan which returns a fuel economy of 1 mpg, 2 mpg, 2 mpg less than the Toyota Avalon. 

2013 Nissan Maxima Interior

6.0/10

The interior of the 2013 Nissan Maxima is the same as last year's model. The cabin is filled with decent-quality materials. Piano-hairline trim is present on various parts of the cabin but it can be replaced with the optional Atlantic Cherry wood-tone trim or metallic trim on the SV trim. Cloth seats are standard but they can be upgraded to leather seats or premium leather seats under the sports package. That said, leather wrapping is given on the steering wheel and gear shifter handle. However, a parallel-seamed leather-wrapped steering wheel is optional under the Sports package.

Standard 8-way power driver seat with manual lumbar support can be replaced with the power lumbar support. The passenger seat gets only 4-way power adjustment. The rear seats can fold into a 40/60 pattern. The standard convenience features given in the cabin are manual tilt and telescopic steering column, Nissan intelligent key, dual 12v power outlet, auto-dimming inside mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, multi-functional trip computer, and one-touch power front row windows. The heated steering wheel and front seats are given under the Cold Package.

Model

2013 Nissan Maxima S

2013 Toyota Avalon XLE

2013 Chevrolet Impala LTZ

2013 Hyundai Azera 

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.5/56.3/43.8

38.5/58.2/42.1

39.4/58.7/42.3

40.3/58.3/45.

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

36.4/551/34.6

37.9/56.9/39.2

37.8/58.6/37.6

37.6/56.4/36.8

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

14.2

16.0

18.6

16.3

The Maxima is stingy when it comes to interior space as it has the least passenger volume in the competition. On the other hand, Azera has the hairiest interior. Furthermore, the Impala is following the lead of the Azera. Lastly, the most spacious cabin belongs to the Toyota Avalon. Talking about the cargo capacity, Impala has the biggest trunk which offered a cargo capacity of 18.6 cu-ft while Maxima has the smallest trunk with a cargo capacity of 14.2 cu-ft. Major interior features include:

  • Cloth seats
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Heated steering wheel (optional)
  • Power tilt and telescopic steering wheel (optional)
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Nissan intelligent key system
  • Premium mood lighting (optional)
  • Heated and cooled driver’s seat (optional)
  • HomeLink universal transceiver

How intuitive is the 2013 Nissan Maxima’s infotainment unit?

Talking about the entertainment features, you get an 8-speaker sound system, CD player with MP3 capability, and aux jack some standard features given on the base 2013 Nissan Maxima. But if you go for the SV trim, under the Tech Package you get a 7-inch touchscreen, navigation system, SiriusXM, Zagat Survey restaurant reviews, and Bluetooth. There are also other optional features such as a 9-speakers Bose sound system, SiriusXM, speed-sensitive volume control, and radio data system given under the Audio Package. Major infotainment features are:

  • CD player
  • 8-speakers sound system
  • SiriusXM satellite radio (optional)
  • 9-speakers Bose sound system (optional)
  • Speed sensitive volume control (optional)
  • 7-inch touchscreen (optional)
  • 7-inch QVGA color monitor for vehicle information (optional) 

2013 Nissan Maxima Exterior

7.0/10

The Exterior language of the Maxima is eye stealing. With all the smooth curves and defined body lines, one can mistake the Maxima for the luxury segment sedan. A chrome grille that goes beautifully with Java Metallic exterior paint just makes anyone’s heart stop. Auto on and off headlights are given at the front while LED taillights and dual mufflers with rolled chrome-tipped finishers add a sporty vibe to the Maxima. 

19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, rear spoiler, HID Xenon headlights, and Heated side mirrors are given on the SV trim as optional features given under the Sport Package. Dual power side mirrors are standard on the base trim but get turn signal indicators attached on the SV trim. 2013 Maxima stands on the 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and has a power sliding moonroof.

Model

2013 Nissan Maxima S

2013 Toyota Avalon XLE

2013 Chevrolet Impala LTZ

2013 Hyundai Azera 

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,551

3,461

3,649

3,605

Length (in.)

190.6

195.3

200.4

193.3

Width (in.)

73.2

72.2

72.9

73.2

Height (in.)

57.8

57.5

58.7

57.9

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.6

5.5

NA

5.4

Wheelbase (in.)

109.3

111.0

110.5

112.0

After evaluating the exterior dimensions of the Maxima and rivals, it is clear that the Impala is the longest plus tallest, the Maxima is the widest, and the rival from the Hyundai has the largest wheelbase. As for the ground clearance, every sedan has nearly the same value. In terms of curb weight, the opponent from the Chevrolet weighs more than any sedan in the competition. Major exterior features are:

  • 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Dual Panel Moonroof with power retractable sunshades (optional)
  • Rear spoiler (optional)
  • Fog lights
  • Automatic on/off headlights
  • Heated outside mirrors (optional)

2013 Nissan Maxima Safety

7.0/10

According to NHTSA data, the 2013 Nissan Maxima has received an overall safety rating of 4 stars out of 5 and the worst performance Maxima shows in the frontal crash tests. As per IIHS, 2013 Maxima has earned a mixture of Good, Acceptable, and Marginal ratings in the crashworthiness tests. Compared to Maxima, some rivals have better safety ratings. 

Ratings aside, there are no advanced safety features given in the 2013 Maxima as there are mostly just basic safety features such as cruise control, vehicle security system, tire pressure monitor, engine immobilizer, airbag system, brake assist, traction control system, ABS, and electronic brake-force distribution. Major safety features are:

  • Cruise control
  • Brake assist
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Tire pressure monitor
  • Vehicle dynamic control system

2013 Nissan Maxima Final Verdict

The 2013 Nissan Maxima has better acceleration than fellow rivals and ground clearance is slightly better but in other areas, rivals have a better score. Be it interior space or fuel economy, cargo space or safety ratings, opponents are beating Maxima brutally. However, in terms of other amenities, the Nissan Maxima does hold an edge. Therefore, the 2013 Maxima is a mixed bag, and alternatives such as Azera and Avalon from Hyundai and Toyota respectively are a better deal.

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