2012 Nissan Maxima  RealSafeCars65Safety Rating

#75 of 2012 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#144 of all 2012 vehicles

Pictured: 2020 Nissan Maxima
The Maxima, part of Nissan's lineup for decades, is a large sedan with seating up to 5. Strong on technology, it has offered Android Auto since 2019 and Apple CarPlay since 2017. Nissan offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2012 Nissan Maxima is very unsafe compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2012 Nissan Maxima has a score of 65, implying a 0.062% chance of driver death (5.5% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2012 Nissan Maxima has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.062% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 7.0807%, meaning the average driver has a 0.062% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 7.0807% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2012 Nissan Maxima is 31% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2012 Nissan Maxima is 22% more likely to result in a fatal accident.

And it is less safe than many comparable cars.

9258Nissan MaximaCadillac CTSHyundai AzeraAcura TLToyota AvalonVolvo S80Toyota VenzaLexus ES-350Buick RegalBuick LaCrosseVolkswagen CCLincoln MKZComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2012 Nissan Maxima with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 58 to 92. The 2012 Nissan Maxima is less safe than the 2012 Acura TL, the 2012 Toyota Avalon, the 2012 Lincoln MKZ, the 2012 Volkswagen CC, the 2012 Buick LaCrosse, the 2012 Buick Regal, the 2012 Lexus ES-350, the 2012 Toyota Venza, and the 2012 Volvo S80. It is about as safe as the 2012 Cadillac CTS.

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