The Nissan Maxima is a four door five passenger sport sedan powered by a 3.5 Liter V6 that produces a total of 290 HP and 261 lb-ft of torque being shifted via the Japanese automaker’s Xtronic CVT that returns an estimated 19 MPG in the city and as much as 26 MPG on the highway.

The entry level Maxima 3.5 S rides on a set of 18 inch rims and comes standard with a power sliding moonroof, Nissan Intelligent Key with push button starter, Bluetooth hands free wireless connectivity, auxiliary input jacks and cloth seating starting at $32,060; a fair price to pay for the original four door sports car.  The next step up is the Maxima 3.5 SV that comes with a pair of fog lamps, LED turn signals integrated into the side mirrors, 9 speaker Bose audio system with XM Satellite radio and leather starting at $34,760.

Popular packages for the Maxima include the 3.5 SV with Sport Package that adds a rear spoiler, sport tuned suspension hidden behind a set of 19 inch alloys wrapped in low profile rubber, a dark finish grill with matching smoked HID headlamps and paddle shifters with matching metallic trim on the inside for $36,860.  The 3.5 SV with Premium Package includes the dual pane moonroof with power retractable sun shades for extra sunny days as well as one for the back glass, premium mood lighting, a seven inch color display with integrated rear view camera as well as a 2 GB Music Box for digital media storage and elegant cherry wood trim to finish off the interior starting at $38,060.

A lsit of cars similar to the Maxima include the 2012 Toyota Avalon, 2012 Buick LaCrosse and 2012 Ford Taurus.

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