Nissan Maxima, Toyota Avalon, Hyundai Genesis, Pontiac G8 V-6 Comparison - Big Six Sedans

2009 Nissan Maxima 3.5

The Maxima is the newest entry, and subjectively at least, the best looking. That's a big turnaround from the outgoing model. But Nissan's "four-door sports car" is a big boast, and the Maxima struggles, and ultimately fails, to live up to it, mostly due to the limitations of its front-wheel-drive layout. Our test car was equipped as aggressively as possible - with the sport suspension and larger, nineteen-inch wheels - but we were left feeling that the car might be better served with a more mellow specification, which would improve ride comfort.

Base Price: $32,650
As tested Price: $35,130

Engine: 3.5-liter 24-valve V-6
Horsepower: 290 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque: 261 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
Transmission: CVT Automatic
Drive: Front-wheel

Dimensions (L x W x H): 190.6 x 73.2 x 57.8 in
Legroom (F/R): 43.8/34.6 in
Headroom F/R: 38.5/36.4 in
Cargo capacity: 14.2 cu ft
Curb Weight: 3579 lb
EPA Rating (city/highway): 19/26 mpg

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