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STYLING | 9 out of 10
The unusual “catamaran” front clip presents the occupants with a forward view like that of a Corvette or Ferrari
one of those cars that looks striking from certain angles and awkward from others
nice, not-overdone bulges around the wheel wells, and those and the lines of the hood give the car a muscular look
From the blunted front end to the deeply sculpted sides to the fat, sexy haunches, there is little question that design-wise Nissan's biggest sedan has got the look.
The cockpit is gorgeous
The Maxima has been essentially unchanged since the current generation was introduced for the 2009 model year (it did get a number of minor changes last year), but the look has remained fresh.
Part of the reason why the Maxima's design has aged so gracefully, and still remains contemporary, is that it felt so cohesive and curvaceous and different right from the start. With its somewhat Coke-bottle fender curves, low-set grille and hoodline, an aggressive, swept-back stance that's more like that of a rear-wheel-drive sedan, and aggressive 18- and 19-inch wheel designs, the Maxima remains a head-turner. And other exterior details like the long, raked-back headlamps have since been imitated in other sedan designs.
Inside, the instrument panel would still look at home in an upscale Infiniti product, and the curvy yet assertive look carries through to the cabin. Materials really give high-end gloss and glimmer, with Dark Piano and Atlantic Cherry trims added last year to complement the warm interior upholstery and trim combinations. Last year, audio and HVAC knobs were given a somewhat new look, and gauge illumination was made white.
Sport models take the look to more a more aggressive extreme, with with smoked headlamps, a dark chrome grille, and shiny gray interior stitching--but it looks like a natural extension, not a forced tuner package.
The 2013 Nissan Maxima still stands out as curvy yet muscled--and refreshingly different, inside and out.