Producing an honest sports sedan has eluded Nissan for the last two decades. Unfortunately, the latest Maxima still falls short of that promise. Although touted as a sporty four-door, the Maxima is nothing of the sort. Is it at least a convincingly luxurious large sedan? Sadly, the Nissan falters on that front as well.
Nissan Maxima Road Test

Producing an honest sports sedan has eluded Nissan for the last two decades. Unfortunately, the latest Maxima still falls short of that promise. Although touted as a sporty four-door, the Maxima is nothing of the sort. Is it at least a convincingly luxurious large sedan? Sadly, the Nissan falters on that front as well. Throw in a fairly hefty price tag for the Platinum version we tested and -- despite some high points -- the Maxima becomes a questionable purchase proposition.

We had high hopes for Nissan's flagship, thinking that maybe this time Nissan would get it right. There's sleek styling. A potent engine. It looked promising. But despite Nissan's ambitions, the Maxima doesn't convince on its merits. 

Granted, it's quick. The 3.5-liter V6 eagerly unleashes every one of its 300 horses, dashing from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds while still returning a commendable 25 mpg overall albeit on premium fuel.

Best Version to Get
We'd choose an SL or Platinum trim since they're well equipped. The SR trim comes with a stiffer suspension and larger wheels, which hurt the ride while providing little improvement in handling. While the Platinum trim's surround-view camera and quilted seats are rather nice, opting for this versi...
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