2011 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV

There's a lot to like in the Maxima, including the accessible power, the curvaceous body, and the driver-oriented cockpit. But the engine noise? Wow. I sure hope that Nissan has a vast team of engineers working on ways to develop a V-6 that isn't so noisy and coarse. This VQ-series V-6 engine family is outclassed in refinement by just about everyone now.
- Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor

I object to Mr. Zenlea's protest that a true sport sedan must have rear wheel drive. I have driven both and at the speeds most Americans drive, there is NO difference. The difference is clear, however, when the snow flies. That is why cars like the Maxima should remain front wheel drive.

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