Rather than the four-door sports car Nissan claims it is, the Maxima feels like a mainstream family sedan made to do battle with the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, and Chevy Malibu. Sure the suspension is a bit tauter and the power output a touch higher than your typical mid-size, but there's not enough here (aside from the more muscular styling) to make the Maxima truly stand out from its showroom peer, the Nissan Altima. Like Joe, I find this particular Maxima's price outrageous. Want a luxurious, sporty Japanese sedan for $39,000? An Infiniti G37 will do the job much better. The Nissan Maxima is nicely finished, behaves well, and has great lines, but to deliver on the name, Nissan needs to deliver a more focused mechanical package.
- Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor
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