If you grew up in the nineties like me, you probably remember the fourth generation Nissan Maxima, or the A32 if you happen to be a Maxima nerd. With boring Camry-like styling and a VQ30DE, 200-hp, 300ZX-derived 3.0-liter V6 under its hood, that thing was the very embodiment of what a factor sleeper should be.
As a matter of fact, I have this clear memory of a beige Maxima pulverizing a 5.0L fox body Mustang at the drag strip back when I was a teen. It was from then on that I started having massive respect for Nissan’s unassuming full size sedan.
And as the years went on and we saw the Maxima grow larger drivetrains, rear seat room, and not-so pretty designs, none of them seemed to capture the essence of that particular model I grew up with – more specifically, the 1994 to 1999 models.
So here we are with an all new Maxima for 2016. It sure looks radical, and Nissan have slapped the 4DSC (4 door sports car) nomenclature all over it. But have they managed to bring back the awe that made past Maximas feel so awesome.
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