2009 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV Full Test

http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drives/FullTests/articleId=126520 --- Since the introduction of the 2002 Nissan Altima, things have looked bleak for the Nissan Maxima. With both cars sharing the same corporate D-platform and offering the same VQ-Series V6, Maxima sales have declined and now the Altima outsells it by a margin of 5-to-1.Yet Maximists have held on to the despondent model, once memorably billed as a four-door sports car (4DSC), and they bought more than 52,000 examples of Nissans flagship last year. The 2009 Nissan Maxima is their reward for enduring underdog status and failed styling exercises over the past few years.With a new 290-horsepower V6, a new look and a new dedication to its heritage as Nissans 4DSC, the 2009 Nissan Maxima once again looks and acts like not only the top sedan in Nissans lineup but also a serious player among front-wheel-drive sedans from any maker.