2011 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV

The Maxima isn't the four-door sports car that Nissan claims, but it's definitely a SPORTY four-door that's reasonably fun to drive. The engine's performance is particularly satisfying, and its CVT partner does its job admirably.

The optional heated steering wheel and seats came in very handy on a cold autumn morning. Speaking of seats, I noticed a terrible rattle originating from the front passenger's seatback. Another seat complaint, one that's not so fixable, is that the center position on the back bench is not suited for a child seat.
- Rusty Blackwell, Copy 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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