Nissan Maxima Case Study

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If you're looking for a midsize luxury sedan without the luxury price tag, you may consider the 2014 Nissan Maxima. Starting at $31,290, the Maxima boasts features and amenities that match those of vehicles with much higher price tags. Updates to the car for 2014 include rearview camera, USB connectivity and a seven-inch color monitor, as well as a new value trim level. And although the Maxima was introduced in the United States way back in 1981, it still feels fresh. The current version was redesigned fully in 2009, though the design was freshened for the 2013 model year. Read on for 10 more reasons why you should be looking at the 2014 Nissan Maxima.

1. Performance
The power of this sedan is far from boring. The 3.5-liter V6 engine delivers 290 horsepower and 261 lb-ft of torque, well above competitors in this class. The 2014 Nissan Maxima can go from zero to 60 in 6 seconds. Steering and handling are also much smoother than one would expect from a car this size. In fact, it's incredibly enjoyable to drive, with a smooth, comfortable ride and precision steering coupling with the impressive power. And while automatic transmission is standard for all models, there's also a manual mode that simulates a six-speed transmission. However, drivers who purchase the Maxima expecting a true sports car experience may be disappointed, particularly due to the lack of a manual transmission option.

2. Fresh, Unique Exterior
Although the Maxima hasn't been redesigned since 2009 except for the small freshening for the 2012 model year, its distinctive looks still feel fresh. Its soft lines call to mind much more expensive luxury vehicles, while the sports car-like styling is rare among mid-size sedans in its class. Nissan calls the look "liquid ...

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...axima comes standard from Nissan with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

While Nissan touts the 2014 Maxima as a four door sports car, its performance doesn't quite live up to that moniker as much as it once did. Experts also note that fuel economy is not up to snuff for a car in this class, and that fully loaded models are almost as expensive as sedans from high-end brands. If you have a large family, you may want to pass by the Maxima, which fits only four passengers comfortably and has a comparably low 14.2 cubic feet of trunk space. Still, if you're looking for a mid-sized sedan that's well-rounded and less ubiquitous than more popular cars in this class (especially direct competitors like the Chevrolet Impala, Honda Accord, and Ford Taurus), with more impressive features, the 2014 Maxima is a solid choice.

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