The max is nice, but for the money.....wrx all the way! They are a little too heavy for my taste. A friend bought a 2001 SE- he later traded it in for a wrx wagon I drove it and thought- hmm nice leather, but too costly! The new Altima's pretty sweet, too
Last time I checked, the sticker price on a mildly optioned Max was in the high 20's, but they can't give 'em away so there are plenty of deals to be had. I had a 97 SE, and the price really hasn't gone up in 5 years, in spite of the engine upgrades.