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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
This VQ-series V-6 engine family is outclassed in refinement by just about everyone now.
has trouble coping with highway bumps and expansion joints
Seats front and rear are comfortable and firmly bolstered
Car and Driver
The ride is well-isolated and controlled.
Materials beat the stuff in a Toyota Avalon and quite possibly an ES 350 or Buick Lucerne
The 2014 Nissan Maxima is surprising comfortable and luxurious, despite being marketed as a four-door sports car. That's not to say that it isn't sporty–the ride is tuned on firmer side of the spectrum, but it's still gentle enough to keep passengers comfortable. It's not necessarily the quietest car on the road, due to some road noise from the low-profile, V-rated performance tires.
Up close and aesthetically, it's simply hard to fault the Maxima's interior details and materials. With soft, supple leather and carefully chosen trims, there's a true luxury-brand look and feel.
The standard front seats are good, although the better-bolstered ones you get with the Sport Package will be a welcome upgrade to some. The back seat is officially good for three, but it's really just good for two adults and headroom can be a bit tight compared to other sedans this size. Interior detailing is superb and really luxury-caliber, with soft leather and carefully coordinated trims.For those envisioning long cross-country road trips, take a look in back first. Trunk space is on the small side for a larger sedan, at just 14.2 cubic feet.
Rear-seat and trunk room are slimmer in the Maxima than we'd like, but comfort is good.