The 2016 Nissan Maxima tries to be two things at once, but fortunately, only succeeds at one of them. Billed as a 'four-door sports car' by the Japanese automaker, the completely redesigned Maxima is intended to excite performance fans with agile handling and a spirited personality. It also represents the apex of the Nissan brand, the last stepping stone before one heads over to the Infiniti side of the dealership in search of a true luxury car.
You might already be able to guess where I'm going with this, but just in case I'm not being clear, I'll spell it out: the all-new Nissan Maxima isn't sporty to drive in the least. It is, however, one of the best full-size cars on the market, especially if your budget is under $40k. In fact, piloting the Maxima through rural Tennessee near the brand's Smyrna manufacturing plant drove home the notion that Nissan's largest sedan also happens to be a legitimate threat to premium rivals from Acura (the TLX) and Lexus (the ES/GS partnership).