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2013 Nissan Maxima Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Nissan Maxima was new.


Interior: 7.6

Auto writers generally appreciate the 2013 Nissan Maxima’s attractive cabin design and upscale interior materials. Some draw comparisons to Nissan’s luxury brand, saying that the Maxima’s interior is nearly as nice as the Infiniti G37’s. Still, one reviewer thinks that the Maxima’s interior materials could be higher-quality.

  • "Soft-touch surfaces are just OK in appearance, which is disappointing given Maxima's upscale pretensions." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Nissan says it aimed to make the Maxima's cabin feel like an airplane's cockpit. We think Nissan's team achieved that goal, and then some. From the premium leather seats that are standard on SV versions, to its thick steering wheel, the sedan's interior seems to scream, 'Let's go driving!'" -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The Maxima's upscale cabin could probably get away with an Infiniti badge. It draws elements from Infiniti's G and M sedans, and all told, it easily rivals the cabin in a Ford Taurus, another player in its segment." -- Cars.com 
  • "An attractive passenger cabin featuring top-quality materials and the availability of many luxury features is another plus. In a way, the Maxima is an analog clock and some fancier gauges away from being an Infiniti." -- Edmunds (2012)


The front seats of the Nissan Maxima are generally well-received, with critics noting comfortable, well-bolstered accommodations. Still, one reviewer says that the seat bottoms could offer more hip and thigh support. A few auto writers also praise the Maxima for its comfortable, spacious back seat, though one test driver writes that the back seat could use more lumbar support. Cloth seats and power-adjustable front seats come standard in the 2013 Maxima, while leather seats, heated front seats, a climate-controlled driver seat and a heated steering while are available in higher trims. Upgraded rear bucket seats are also included in the Premium and Sport option packages.

  • "Headroom and legroom are generous for those under 6 feet. The available heated steering wheel is a comfort plus not often found in the mainstream midsize-car class." -- Consumer Guide 
  • For passengers in back, there is adequate but not great headroom and legroom, and the 2013 Maxima's hollowed-out rear seatbacks don't offer the kind of firm lumbar support found in the front seats." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • Front and rear seats offer a nice blend of comfort and support, though the more supportive bucket-style backseats found in the SV Premium and Sport make the center section all but unusable." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "The seats are also thick, many-way adjustable and comfy. Though we'd like some more leg and hip bolstering - the seat bottom is a little flat - rear seat customers will enjoy their spacious perch." -- Autoblog (2010)

Interior Features

The 2013 Nissan Maxima 3.5 S comes with standard features that include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, Bluetooth phone connectivity and an eight-speaker stereo with an auxiliary audio input and a six-disc CD changer. Options and features available on higher trims include a backup camera, a panoramic moonroof, a power rear sunshade, navigation and a Bose stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming, a USB port and satellite radio.

Reviewers praise the Maxima for its user-friendly tech features, noting that the optional navigation system is attractive-looking and easy to use. One test driver also writes that the Maxima’s instrument panel features large, clear gauges that have an eye-catching, sporty look.

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  • "Navigation system is easy to use, and does not complicate audio functions." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Also available on the higher-trim SV model is a sleek infotainment system with 7-inch color screen and visually appealing buttons and dials that are just as at home in vehicles from Nissan's Infiniti luxury division." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The instrument binnacle is intelligently designed and filled with big, legible gauges, exactly what one would need if you were to take Nissan up on its renewed 4DSC (Four-Door Sports Car) boast." -- Autoblog (2010)


Test drivers like the Maxima’s 14.2 cubic feet of trunk space, saying that there’s plenty of room and a wide trunk opening. S and SV models come with a 60/40 split-folding rear seat to expand cargo capacity. SV models with the Premium and Sport packages have rear bucket seats that offer a center pass-through, but do not fold.

  • "Maxima has a wide-opening trunk lid and a moderately low liftover height." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Out back the Maxima's trunk offers a healthy 14.2 cubic feet of cargo room." -- Edmunds (2012)

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