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    Automobile Mag Drives 2012 Maxima

    http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews...ima/index.html

    Overall it's not a glowing review, but its not a total rape of the car. Pretty much they just don't see where the Maxima fits in and talked about its "Identity Crisis." But stated the following:

    "Even as it is, the Maxima isn't exactly suffering in the marketplace. Last year, it outsold just about every competitor we could think of: the Acura TL, Hyundai Azera, Lexus ES350, Volvo S60, Volkswagen CC, Toyota Avalon, and (just barely) the Buick LaCrosse. It also just squeaked past its in-house competition, the Infiniti G -- a car that lays a much more secure claim on the title four-door sports car."
    My Opin.

    Former: 2007 Nissan Altima 3.5SE Sedan 6MT [Totaled :( ]
    Current: 2013 Infiniti G37S 6MT Sedan

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    Thanks for the find! I think that they are fair, for the most part, but the claim that the Maxima costs $10,000 more than an Altima is off-base. That's only true of you are comparing a base, cloth 3.5 SR (or now the 3.5 SV with the new Altima) to a fully-loaded Maxima SV.

    I do very much like their second idea of how to maximize (uhuhuh) the Maxima's relevance in the next generation:

    One idea would be to give the Maxima all-wheel drive -- ideally with a rear torque bias. That could imbue some of that premium, rear-wheel-drive feel during cornering, eliminate the last vestiges of torque steer, and provide a useful traction benefit for buyers in the snowbelt states. It would also help put the Maxima on a tier above mid-size sedans. The downside would be the likely fuel economy penalty.
    That pretty much echoes our sentiments.

    Anyway, this whole "identity crisis" deal with the Maxima has been a pet storyline of the automotive press. But the Max and its customers seem not to care, as it continues to be a sales success.:thumbup:

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    it's just a gorgeous car inside and out!!:gorgeous:
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    Quote Originally Posted by JayG35 View Post

    Anyway, this whole "identity crisis" deal with the Maxima has been a pet storyline of the automotive press. But the Max and its customers seem not to care, as it continues to be a sales success.:thumbup:
    Exactly, this car since the 2nd gen, but especially more so since the 5th gen has had this issue with the press...... It along with the TL are "tweaner" cars, sorta in a class by themselves, the only reason the TL gets into some comparo's with the G etc etc is because of the "Acura" nameplate. The Max and TL compete with each other very well! Remember reading a story Motor Trend did on the 5th gen and said that Max has a cult following meaning that people tend to buy them over and over again and then they called it the "poor" mans 5 series.

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