The 2009 Nissan Maxima appeals more readily to those looking for a perky, smooth, and stylish V-6 luxury sedan than to those wanting a sport sedan.
For the latter, shoppers might consider the Pontiac G8—especially in GT trim—or the Dodge Charger R/T, though neither of those cars has an interior that's as stylish as the Maxima's or offers the same level of appointments and tech options.
At the opposite end of the scale, for those who might want even more comfort and interior space, there's the Toyota Avalon, although it's less exciting to drive and look at.
In between, the Volkswagen Passat VR6 offers similar performance and a very attractive, comfortable interior, along with available all-wheel drive, but it's more expensive.
The newly redesigned 2009 Acura TL, which at the time of this writing hasn't yet gone on sale, also promises to be a formidable rival.
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|2009 Nissan MaximaBrowse Used Listings||2008 Acura TLBrowse Used Listings||2008 Dodge ChargerBrowse Used Listings||2008 Toyota AvalonBrowse Used Listings||2003 Volkswagen PassatBrowse Used Listings|
|19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas I4|
|4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S||4-Door Sedan Automatic||4-Door Sedan RWD||4-Door Sedan XL (GS)||4-Door Sedan GL Manual|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4dr Sdn||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sdn|
|Continuously Variable||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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|2009 Nissan Maxima vs. 2008 Acura TL||2009 Nissan Maxima vs. 2008 Dodge Charger||2009 Nissan Maxima vs. 2008 Toyota Avalon||2009 Nissan Maxima vs. 2003 Volkswagen Passat|