The Nissan Maxima hasn't changed with the times. Fifteen years go, the Maxima lived atop a heap of sporty, front-wheel-drive big sedans. Since then, many competitors have either gone rear-wheel-drive (Chrysler 300) or bitten the dust (Pontiac Bonneville, Grand Prix). Even if you've decided you want front-wheel-drive and all the torque-steering compromise it brings, there are better-executed options, including the Acura Joe DeMatio mentioned and even the Buick LaCrosse CXS. But Maxima's real problem, I suspect, is Infiniti. With the G and M sedans getting all the love from Nissan engineers, product planners probably think there's not much room for a third sports sedan. They may be right, but I can't help but wish for modernized, reinvigorated Maxima that could better battle the 300 and Hyundai Genesis.
- David Zenlea, Assistant Editor
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