While Nissan continues to market the Maxima as sporty alternative to large mainstream sedans, it's probably best to simply look at it as a V-6 luxury sedan with more style than its non-luxury competitors.
If you're looking for a sporty big car, we'd choose the Maxima over a base Acura TL, even though you'd lose some of the luxury dealership experience in the process.
A TL with SH-AWD is the sportier of the two, though, and the more expensive.
The Toyota Avalon is a now-stylish alternative, but we think the Maxima still looks better in person.
The LaCrosse is a more sedate option than the Maxima, but its seats are also more plush.
The VW CC with the 2.0T engine feels light, peppy and nimble for the same price as the Nissan.
There's also the Dodge Charger with this chunky, block-like design.
It's sort of the all-American choice in the bunch with its sporty driving dynamics and rear-wheel drive layout.
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