The 2011 Nissan Maxima is more of a perky, smooth, and stylish V-6 luxury sedan than an outright sport sedan.
For real sport-sedan enthusiast types, there's really no reason not to pick the Infiniti G37 Sedan, which is roughly the same price (though admittedly louder and more cramped).
Without hesitation, for luxury shoppers who are a little hotfooted, we'd recommend the Maxima over a top-of-the-line Honda Accord EX-L, and probably the Lexus ES350, even though you give up the Lexus dealership experience that's part of the price.
The Acura TL is also a formidable rival to the Maxima thanks to its sharp looks and similar characteristics—and the Acura's a step ahead as it does offer a manual transmission.
If you won’t settle for front-wheel drive, the Dodge Charger R/T fits the bill, with a big V-8, too, and its interior has been spruced up for 2011.
At the opposite end of the scale, for those who might want even more comfort and interior space, there's the Toyota Avalon, although the Avalon is less exciting to drive and look at.
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|19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I4|
|4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S||4-Door Sedan 2WD||4-Door Sedan SE RWD||4-Door Sedan (GS)||4-Door Sedan Manual Sport|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4dr Sdn||Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Continuously Variable||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic||Manual|