Paisan7 5pts I just purchased a 2012 Maxima SV with sport and technology packages. MSRP $40500 for $31000. The dealers are giving huge discounts on the 2012 models to make room for the 2013s. I think beauty is in the eye of the beholder and in my eyes, this is bar none, the sexiest looking sports sedan in the 30-40K price range. As far as the CVT is concerned,I think people are just afraid of changes. It is smooth, and does have a auto-manual mode with paddle shifter that works twice as good as my 2008 VW Passat VR3.6. If you want to feel the changing of the gears, get a car with manual tranny.The interior is as good as the infiniti G37 minus the analog clock.For those who do not think this is a true sports sedan, need to go to driving school. I used to race, and this car will allow more than the average 'professional' reviewer will give it credit for. But, don't take my word for it; test drive one for yourself and really drive the snot out of it...you'll get hooked. Georg Schacht 5pts @Paisan7 You are dead on. I just leased my second Maxima, a new 2012 SV with premium package and some other goodies - $397/mo, no down payment, 12k miles a year for 39 months for a $40k car - an advantage of not driving a snob brand is that the dealers will negotiate a very competitive pricenobody should pay MSRP for this car. I had a 2010 (leased) and two MAJOR changes that none of the "experts" caught are a major re-programming of the CVT transmission and much more pleasant ride, but still retains cornering and steering qualities of 2010.This car is classified as an entry level luxury car - competes with Volvo, Buick, Hyundai and Acura models and is tied with Buick for most unit sales. It has been a top seller in this catagory for multiple years in fact. The Audi and BMW in this size have a price range more like $40-50k - A6, not the much smaller A4 do not have the seats, interior nor ride for way more money. These brands will not dicker much because they have lines of people who will pay list price for the brand. I drive on vacation to SF from Portland, Oregon and it is one fine traveling machine as well as doing freeway and stop and go driving.NOTE: My comments ONLY apply to this car optioned with the Premium package - I call it the Infinity package - you will too when you compare it to the S or SV models - upgraded seats, leather, winter pkg, front/rear sun roof, etc.People buying this type of car want a very quiet, comfortable luxury car - not a race car - those complaining reviewers need to get over the CVT - it is now a very responsive and smooth transmission as of 2012. Most reviews seem to miss the performance - acceleration and braking and top notch Bose music system with USB port for iPod or memory dingle as well. And the heated rear view mirrors that adjust to a lower position when reversing so you can see the curb while parking - we won't get into the rear window shade or the cooled drivers seat or the ... No you cannot fit a motorcycle in the back seat so the reviews should ding the car for that for sure.Performance - I enjoyed drag racing and beating a Porsche Boxter - should have seen the look on his face!Negative - the torque steer at maximum acceleration is way to excessive at higher speeds and needs to be addressed. I need a front or 4 wheel drive as I live in snow/ice country and rear wheel drive will leave you stranded in the winters. I use ice tires in the winter and all is well.