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4DSC? Wild 2016 Nissan Maxima Debuts in New York

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/2/2015 Zach Gale

Even if you don't believe the marketing hype behind Nissan's continued insistence that the eighth-generation Maxima is the latest in a long line of 4DSCs (four-door sports cars), in person at the 2015 New York auto show, the sedan is undeniably bold, and arguably wild by full-size sedan standards. In an automotive world where every other automaker calls its newest debut "bold," Nissan demonstrates how it's really done.

Whether the 2016 Maxima's styling will attract more buyers than it turns away remains to be seen, but the car will have a few notable selling features, including standard navigation in an 8-inch screen, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and an active sound technology that amplifies the exhaust note. Inside, the Maxima's cabin looks good, with the large instrument cluster screen we saw in the new 2015 Murano, and in higher-trim models, contrasting stitching everywhere you look.

4DSC? Wild 2016 Nissan Maxima Debuts in New York

BMW 3 Series buyers, for the most part, will still likely stick with the best-selling luxury line (including the 4 Series coupe), but the Maxima has been noticeably improved inside and out. On sale in June, the 300-hp front-drive 2016 Nissan Maxima lapped Buttonwillow Raceway faster than the 240-hp rear-drive BMW 328i, Carlos Ghosn claimed at the Nissan press conference.

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What would you compare against the 2016 Nissan Maxima sedan?

Get the full story in our 2016 Maxima First Look, and don't miss our comprehensive 2015 New York auto show coverage.

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