2009 Nissan Maxima

The Nissan Maxima is good entry-level luxury sports sedan. The problem is there are plenty of better, less expensive ones

Editor's Rating:

The Good: Fuel efficiency, muscular styling, quickness, and handling

The Bad: High price, quirky transmission, no all-wheel drive

The Bottom Line: Check out the Infiniti G35 before buying

Up Front

I don't get the new Nissan Maxima. First introduced nearly two decades ago, the Maxima once was a pioneering vehicle—a sporty, well-appointed sedan billed as a "four-door sports car." After letting the model lose its identity for a number of years, Nissan (NSANY) has redesigned the Maxima for '09 in an attempt to return to those roots.

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