2007 Nissan Maxima

Minus the manual, a take-charge kind of four-door

Nissan's Maxima wasn't the first fast four-door, but it did help popularize the "four-door sports car" concept back in the mid-late '80s. At that time, large sedans were typically doughy, ill-handling family-type cars of the Caprice/Taurus type with overstuffed seats and underpowered engines. The Maxima's powerful overhead cam V-6, excellent suspension, driver-focused interior layout, and (perhaps most important of all) available manual transmission presented an automotive oasis to buyers who had to have the extra pair of doors for family or work reasons, but didn't want the middle-aged spread that tended to come with them.

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