The 2012 Nissan Maxima, which comes in S and SV trims, features a 290-hp 3.5L V6 engine connected to a continuously variable transmission with manual mode as its only powertrain. Anti-lock brakes and electronic brake-force distribution are standard equipment, plus speed-sensitive power steering. The Maxima's sporty styling is evident in its dual mufflers with chrome-tipped finishers, LED taillights and power sliding moonroof. It's even got 18-inch alloy wheels, though 19-inchers are available with the Sport Package. The Maxima isn't all about looks, though. All of its safety features are standard equipment, like traction control, tire pressure monitoring, an energy-absorbing steering column and the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System. Even with all these systems on board, the Maxima still manages a respectable 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The interior has leather seats, shift knob and steering wheel. The 8-way power driver's seat has lumbar support, while the passenger has to make do with a 4-way power seat. The rear bucket seats fold down with a 60/40 split. Dual-zone climate control with air filter is standard, including rear-seat air conditioning controls. Everything in the Maxima is power, from the push-button start to the remote windows-down function. The packaged options for the SV add quite a bit to the already-long list of features. The Limited Edition Package includes smoky headlight lenses, fog lamps, silver aluminum wheels, rear spoiler, a special grille and metallic interior trim. The Sport package includes 19-inch silver alloy wheels, sport suspension, HID headlamps, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, paddle shifters, heated front seats and rear bucket seats. The Premium package includes a dual-panel moonroof, a climate-controlled driver seat, rearview monitor, USB input and cherry wood trim.