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Auto Review: Nissan Maxima '4-door Sports Car' gets some upgrades for 2018, starts at $33,270

G. Chambers Williams Iii, The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Ind.) on

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A dual-panel panoramic moon roof is standard on SL and Platinum models, and there are also large dual chrome tailpipe finishers.

Other safety features on our tester included adaptive cruise control, blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert, stability and traction control, tire-pressure monitoring with Nissan's Easy-Fill alert system, and a security system with vehicle immobilizer.

The Maxima also came with speed-sensitive hydro-electric power steering, heated outside mirrors with turn signals, front and rear parking sensors, front halogen fog lights, LED daytime running lights and LED low-beam headlights.

Eighteen-inch machined-finish aluminum-alloy wheels with dark-painted inserts were standard, along with 245/45R18 all-season tires.

There is a new "command central" instrument panel with a center stack angled seven degrees toward the driver. A floating console is designed to put key controls within easy reach. The Intelligent Key pushbutton start switch is on the console to the left and front of the shifter, and it pulses when the driver enters the cabin.

The only option on our Platinum model was the special paint. Total sticker price was $42,220, including the paint and freight.

2018 Nissan Maxima

The package: Premium, midsize, four-door, five-passenger, V-6 powered, front-wheel drive sport sedan.

Highlights: Redesigned just two years ago, Nissan's flagship sedan is billed as a "4-door Sports Car." It has plenty of power and is more fun to drive than the typical family car. Beyond that, it's roomy and quite comfortable, with a long list of standard amenities and safety features.

Negatives: No manual gearbox offered for those who want a sportier driving experience.

Engines: 3.5-liter V-6.

Transmission: Continuously variable automatic with paddle shifters.

Power/torque: 300 HP/261 foot-pounds.

Length: 192.8 inches.

Curb weight: 3,471-3,593 pounds.

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Brakes, front/rear: Disc/disc, antilock.

Trunk volume: 14.3 cubic feet.

Side air bags: Front seat-mounted, roof-mounted side-curtain for both rows, standard.

Electronic stability control: Standard.

Fuel capacity/type: 18 gallons/unleaded premium recommended but not required.

EPA fuel economy: 21 mpg city/30 highway/25 combined.

Major competitors: Toyota Avalon, Buick LaCrosse, Dodge Charger, Chrysler 300, Chevrolet Impala, Ford Taurus, Honda Accord EX V-6.

Base price range: $33,270-$40,940, plus $835 freight.

Price as tested: $42,220, including freight and premium paint (Platinum model).

On the Road rating: 9.3 (of a possible 10).

Prices shown are manufacturer's suggested retail; actual selling price may vary.

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