*THE CAR: 2016 Nissan Maxima Platinum
What’s not to like about the Nissan Maxima? The truth is I like this car because there is plenty to like. Recently redesigned, this isn’t your typical family sedan. For instance: it’s a great looking car, it handles well, it’s lower, it’s smoother, it’s enjoyable and an easy drive, it’s smart, popular and has a level ride.
The interior is classy. Updated touchscreen technology. The tech controls are easy to figure out and easy to use. Comfortable seating. Lots of headroom and legroom in the front, however, the backseat legroom is rather skimpy. Bummer! The trunk isn’t very spacious, but the car makes up for that in other ways.
This isn’t a luxury vehicle, but it looks like one as it glides down the street. It’s a sharp looking car that has some great bells and whistles. At $40K, this full-size sedan isn’t a cheap proposition. It’s a bit pricey, but it’s still affordable. It’s only money! If you’re going to spend money, it may as well be for something that will securely get you from point A to point B. You can also get from here to there. And, lets face it, you know you want to get there.
VEHICLE AT A GLANCE: Horsepower: 300 HP, Engine: 3.5 L V6, 24-valve, 261 lb-ft Torque, Curb weight: 3,593 lbs, Dimensions: 193” L x 73” W x 57” H, Tronic transmission, drive mode selector (normal and sport), 18” machined aluminum alloy wheels, driver and front passenger, side-impact, and curtain air bags, lower anchors and tethers for children, driver attention alert, auto-dimming driver-side outside mirror, heated outside mirrors, dual panel panoramic moon roof power tilt/telescopic moon roof, automatic entry/exit system, intelligent cruise control, driver’s seat power lumbar support, two front USB connection ports, Nissan intelligent key push button ignition, streaming audio via Bluetooth.
FUEL ECONOMY: 22/30
THE DRIVE: Smooth!
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