Nissan Maxes Out The Maxima

In 1980, Nissan took the engine from its 240Z two-seater and dropped it into a big sedan to create the Maxima. Over the years, the curious crossbreed carved out a niche--a big one, it turned out--as the wolf in sheep's clothing. Here was a car with the performance and handling of a hot rod and the bearing and comfort of a family sedan. Nissan's ads put it exactly right: the four-door sports car.

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