Review: 2005 Nissan Maxima

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Nissan claims that the 2005 Maxima represents the official return of the four-door sports car, but several automakers ranging from Acura to Volvo could lay claim to that today. This is no sports car, but it does make a pretty good sports sedan. Roomy, comfortable, powerful and chic, styling is more distinctive than the Altima's, with a strong European flair. With its four-wheel independent suspension, the ride quality and handling limits are vastly improved over Maximas of old, though it still suffers from torque steer due to its front-drive layout. With 265 horsepower and plenty of torque on tap, the 2005 Nissan Maxima flat out flies down the road whether you've selected the six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission.