The Nissan Maxima, sporting a strong V6 engine and nicely designed interior, has been called the "Four-Door Sports Car," and it has lived up to that moniker.
The latest version, a 2010 model, is an excellent choice for a sedan, with stellar performance and luxury.
The front-wheel-drive midsize sedan packs a 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine. Conveying engine power to the front wheels is a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The Maxima is now a bit shorter than its earlier versions because Nissan wanted to boost its handling and give it a more appealing style.
There are two trim levels: 3.5 S and 3.5 SV.
The base-model S is exceptionally well appointed, with standard features that include keyless ignition/entry, dual-zone automatic climate control and a full range of safety features.
SV models boast more luxury with features like leather upholstery and a premium nine-speaker Bose stereo. Numerous packages are available that give you the chance to upgrade with options like a voice-activated navigation system, iPod integration and a rearview camera.