The engine is where this car has it. The engine power (255HP) is also very torquey and the response is practically second to none in it class. This car leaves most cars in the dust. It does have a slight issue with torque steering, but this controllable. Comparable Lexus and Acura models are rated higher in horsepower, but come short when pitted from a stop light. The Maxima is more a sports sedan than either. It does show its rough edges in the interior design and finish. Turning radius sucks just like the Acura TL.
The front end of the Maxima is very appealing, but Nissan really dropped the ball on the tail end. It is very disappointing styling. The tail lights and bumper are wierd shaped, it almost appears this was a hurried decision during design.
The paint scratches off very easily. This was an area of great concern. We have 1998 Accord and its paint job is much better.
The fit and finish of the exterior is flawless though, as expected.
The interior, though, is plush for the most part except some very cheap items which Nissan should seriously consider redesigning in the future.
The fake plastic wood grain on the window equipment is just that, cheap plastic! I have seen cheaper vehicles with better plastic trims. The center console feels flimsy and is. It is poorly designed and could be made much better.
Markings on the moonroof console are not clear and look like blemishes in the plastic rather than markings for the settings. Even a sticker would have made it so much better.
The rear cup holder always gets stuck when being pulled out. This also the case when it is pushed back in.
The seats are extremely comfortable along. I have not found any driver so far who hasn't commented on this aspect in a negative fashion.
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