I test drove 11 different cars while looking for a car and the Maxima stood out above all others. Thia car has the perfect amount of trunk space for my photography gear and comfortably seats 4 people. The features such as the paddle shifters, premium seats, heated steering wheel and seats all make this car a great value compared to similarly equipped vehicles such as the Lexus IS250, Audi A4 and Hyundai Genesis and Honda Accord Sport. The Maxima falls in the middle as far as gas mileage but when you look at the power output and performance it ends up being a fair trade off.
Very enjoyable ride. Lots to love. I like it better than the 2013 Infiniti G37 that I leased new, though there are pros and cons to each. My only reservations with the Maxima are that the CVT transmission is kind of plodding until the accelerator is pretty far down, and the tires for the 19-inch wheels on the Sport Package are quick to lose tread and expensive to replace. Overall I would recommend enthusiastically to anyone who wants something sporty in a sedan without being completely over the top with engine power, and doesn't mind a little road noise a stiff drive that comes with a sportier vehicle.
I've always been a Nissan man so I bought an 02 maxima with six speed to teach my son how to drive and how to drive a stick. He drove that 02 for a year and a half. He went to college and I drove it for a while back & forth to work. I decided to trade it in for a newer model(2011) and got one fully loaded with only 50k/miles on it. I bought this car in Nov. 2015 and this car is really loaded. I enjoyed driving this car with not only the speed and handling but all the options and features. I have this car to my son to take back to school two weeks ago and I really miss driving that car. My son called to say "thanks for such a nice car dad." He loves it as much as I did. It's a Black-on-Black 2011 Nissan Maxima fully loaded with every option