+1Originally posted by the_bear
This is true, I think a large part of my dissappointment with the 04 Maxima is the fact that Nissan did not aim it at the enthusiast market, they aimed it at the freeway cruiser market. The G35 is apparently where they want their driving fans to buy, which is fine but I feel they are leaving a market open. Before any of the other affordable family sedans were performance oriented, the Maxima was, with the whole 4DSS marketing theme. It just seems that Nissan could have once again been the standard bearer as the standout affordable performance sedan by going with a RWD setup they have readily available for the FM platform. I am sure they will sell more Maximas than they have in the past, the design sets it apart(regardless, I find it ugly), the power is top of class, and the unique interior is sure to awe the masses. Chrysler found this formula to be rather rewarding in financial terms. But like C&D said, it is dissappointing to see the Maxima as basically an "upmarketed" Altima.
I am moon lighting from Maxima.org (thinking of a WRX) and I do not care for the styling or the drivetrain of the 04. This car is just as fast as the 95-96 4th gen (fastest so far is the 02-03 3.5) and I would agree with this post that they did not target the enthusiast market. The VQ has been called the best v6 in the world regardless of price and I am a big fan, but for around the same money I would get the same engine with the drivetrain that I want in a G35.