The 2018 Nissan Maxima straddles the line between mid-size and full-size sedans.
It’s big outside, but not so roomy inside.
By comparison, the Toyota Avalon is much more traditional with its massive interior and Lexus-lite feel.
The Volkswagen Passat delivers a massive rear seat and is entertaining with its optional V-6 engine and sports suspension.
Honda’s new Accord is lithe and entertaining, and its turbo-4 engines have us almost ready to forget about V-6 power.
The most composed big sedan in this class is the Dodge Charger, even in reasonably priced V-6 guise; opt for one of its several V-8s and it’s a muscle car with room for the kiddos.
And if you’re in the Nissan showroom, you might as well check out the Altima—in 3.5SR form, it’s a cheaper, roomier, less-sporty Maxima.
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|21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy|
|Premium Unleaded V-6||Regular Unleaded V-6||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded V-6||Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4|
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|S 3.5L||SXT RWD||2.5 S Sedan||XLE (SE)||2.0T S Automatic|
|Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|CVT w/OD||Automatic w/OD||CVT w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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