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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 Nissan Maxima has managed to look fresh over the past few years, despite the fact that it's gone essentially unchanged since its redesign in 2009.
Part of the reason that's aged with such grace is due to how curvaceous and cohesive the design looked in the first place. With its aggressive, swept-back stance–similar to a rear-wheel-drive car–and its Coke-bottle curves, low-set hoodline and grille, and large 18- and 19-inch wheel options, the Maxima remains a head-turner, even five years later. It also has long, raked-back headlights that many of the other Nissan products have emulated since.
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.
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.
The Maxima offers a different take on sedan style, even though it's closely related to the Nissan Altima.