By M. W. Byrne
Called the “sporty 4-door” by Nissan itself, we’d call them out for lying if it wasn’t both fun to drive and roomy. The real appeal of the Maxima – aside from the paltry price – is the V6 that can really purr.
It’s far easier to find a discounted 3-Series than 5 because the 5-Series doesn’t have the same draw. It was made to compete with the E-Class from Mercedes-Benz, and it does that well, but a large sedan with the same engine choices as the much cheaper 3-Series hasn’t seemed to catch on.
Now labeled the “Executive” an E-Class is the perfect mix between the bigger S-Class and the quicker, smaller, C-Class. If smaller size and better gas mileage is your goal, the “Compact” C-Class will serve you better.
The ATS build is aching to be a Beamer, with a fast body and agile handling that makes it a real pleasure to drive. Bigger, heavier, and made for families, the CTS is a good choice for a safe and moderately sporty sedan.
The Focus is a quaint, reliable, durable, lovable small sedan. It started out decent and has climbed into rarefied air. Buyers who are considering a Toyota or Honda sedan should give the Focus a try.
Being able to find a wide variety for about half of what you’d pay to buy new, and the fact Fusions of a few years back have the same body as newer options help make this a good choice; should the Focus be too small or ugly for your liking.