$28,050. That's the price of entry for Nissan's new-for-2007 Maxima. That coin will get buyers a Max in base 3.5 SE spec, which includes the automaker's evergreen VQ engine, good here for 255 horsepower, tied to the company's Xtronic CVT transmission with manual override. The six-speed manual appears to be a casualty of the upgrade, continuing Nissan's trend of moving the Maxima away from its role as "The Four Door Sports Car" to that of a near-luxury player.
Those with a bit more largesse may wish to opt for the 3.5SL ($30,300), which includes new 'wood-tone' interior accents, heated leather seats, and 18" seven-spoke alloys, among other niceties.
[Sources: TopSpeed.com; Nissan]