I was pretty unimpressed with the car. 30 grand, and "only" 265hp. I saw an Altima and Maxima side by side at the dealership, and the Maxima isn't that much larger. It appears to have a larger trunk, but the interior space isn't hugely different.
The front grille is hideous. The headlights look like they belong on the Caddy CTS. The rest of the car is tolerable. I did notice some very poor fit and finish on a couple exterior body panels though. Living up to their reputation, Nissan ALMOST got it right, and managed to ruin an otherwise good design with detail issues.
BTW, the Maxima comes with HUGE tires. 245/45/18's. Seems like overkill to me
ive owned a max, im glad the went back to the IRS. It took me awhile to get used to this new one but i like it now. Not sure if i would buy one because they are heavy but a 6 speed with hlsd is pretty tempting. Ill stick with my Z choice though.