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The current Maxima represents the car's seventh generation, and debuted for the 2009 model year. It's a front-wheel-drive midsize sedan that packs a 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine. Sending the engine's power to the front wheels is a continuously variable transmission (CVT). In terms of size, it's actually a bit shorter than earlier Maximas; Nissan made this change in hopes of improving the car's handling and making it more distinctive.

There are two available trim levels: 3.5 S and 3.5 SV. The base-model S is pretty well equipped, with a standard features list that includes amenities like keyless ignition/entry, dual-zone automatic climate control and a full complement of safety features. SV models pump up the luxury with features like leather upholstery and a premium nine-speaker Bose stereo. Numerous packages are available that give you the chance to upgrade with options like a voice-activated navigation system, iPod integration and a rearview camera.

Our editors have praised the current Nissan Maxima for its powerful V6 engine and well-sorted suspension tuning. It also offers a high-quality interior and a high number of high-tech features. On the downside, Nissan packages much of that high-tech equipment into expensive packages, meaning the car's price might rise higher than you would expect. Additionally, that high price puts the Maxima in competition with some luxury-branded models. But if you can live without "oohs" and "ahs" from the neighbors, the current Nissan Maxima should be on your must-look list for a premium sedan.

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