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PostHeaderIcon 10 Best Used Cars For New Drivers

While most modern cars pack in the safety features and offer plenty of value-per-dollar, there are some out there that seem to stand above the rest. If you’re scouring the used market looking for just the right ride for your new driver, fear not, as we’ve put together a list that outlines ten models that are just a few years old, but still come with just about everything you could want.

Each entry also includes a rundown on crashworthiness, as tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS, a U.S.-based non-profit organization that conducts research on almost all new cars.

So with that, read on for our list of the ten best-used cars for new drivers.

PostHeaderIcon Nissan Maxima – Driven

The Nissan Maxima is something of an oddity in the automotive landscape. It used to be that the Max was the biggest car in Nissan’s lineup — hence its maximum name. But for the last couple of generations, the Maxima’s size has been matched by its cheaper sister, the Nissan Altima.

This creates all sorts of confusion for some consumers. A friend saw me comparing a Camry to an Altima and said, “Shouldn’t you compare Camry to Maxima?”

No, no you should not. The Maxima is much more of a driver’s car than any Camry, though I admit the new-for-2018 Camry closes the gap a little (more on that in a minute.)

As for anyone else who may be confused by Maxima’s place in the family sedan world, let me put it this way: It punches well above its weight — so much so that, if I were considering spending my money on an entry-level luxury car like a Mercedes CLA or Lexus ES, I’d honestly consider the Maxima in that same pack.

Design Notes


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“When it was last redesigned in 2015, the Nissan Maxima set the standard by which all Nissan designs have been tweaked in the years since”

When it was last redesigned in 2015, the Nissan Maxima set the standard by which all Nissan designs have been tweaked in the years since. The prominent “V-motion” grille signature carries over into hood creases that flow back toward the A-pillars of the steeply raked windshield. If you look carefully at just about any new Nissan model in 2018, you’ll see a reflection of those elements.

Where the Maxima design succeeds is in its muscular execution. The Maxima’s athletic stance and chiseled lines have not quite trickled down to lesser Nissan cars. That’s a good thing if you like your car to look a little different from the crowd — as I do.

“Boomerang” head- and tail lights give the Maxima another signature design element. There are swoopy creases flowing from the front fenders and disappearing under the door handles. A rear crease gives the car its “hips”, starting in the upper middle of the rear door above the door handle and flowing back into the upper arm of that boomerang-shaped tail light lens. There’s a black trim strip on the C pillar that makes the roof look like it’s floating — a nice visual trick.


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“The rear is equally well-done, with a subtle arch from tail light to tail light”

The rear is equally well-done, with a subtle arch from tail light to tail light. There’s a wide chrome strip between those lights, hiding license plate illumination and the trunk release. Big dual exhaust outlets signal the car’s demeanor.

Interior Notes


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“Inside is where the Maxima truly sets itself apart from the herd of midsize family sedans”

Inside is where the Maxima truly sets itself apart from the herd of midsize family sedans. Sure, the interior is slightly smaller than its sister, the Altima. It’s also a lot nicer, especially for the driver.

The front seats feature extendable thigh support and thicker padding than most in the segment. They’re comfortable, offering support in the right places. The car I tested had leather seating surfaces with superb diamond-stitch details.

The steering wheel deserves special mention. It’s a flat-bottom, leather-wrapped wheel with aggressive grip cut-outs at the 9 and 3 o’clock positions. It felt great in my hands and had all the relevant infotainment and cruise controls at my fingertips.

The dashboard is covered in leather (or something a lot like leather) and features stitching. The test car had leather on the top edges of the center console, right where my right knee wanted to rest while driving. That was far nicer than the rough, hard plastic many cars have in that spot.

Maxima’s rear-seat legroom is a couple inches less than the Altima, but I had an easy time putting my two kids back there. More notable for those who have adult-size passengers will be the headroom, where again Maxima (35.8 inches) lacks a few crucial millimeters compared to the less-sporty Altima (37.1 inches).


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“Wood appliques on the dash and door panels added even more upscale ambiance to the interior of the 2018 Nissan Maxima Platinum”

Nissan deserves praise for finally including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in the Maxima. I easily mirrored my Google Play Music and Google Maps apps on the car’s eight-inch touchscreen, and Android’s voice recognition made it easy to send responses to text messages while I was driving.

Wood appliques on the dash and door panels added even more upscale ambiance to the interior of the 2018 Nissan Maxima Platinum. Taken in concert, the Maxima feels about half a class nicer than most midsize cars in its price range.

Drive Notes


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“I thought the steering was a bit numb, but not as dull as the last Camry I drove”

OK, maybe given Maxima’s 3,800-lb curb weight, I should choose another phrase besides “punches above its weight.” Let’s say the Maxima surprises a lot of skeptics when driven in a hurry.

Its fully independent rear suspension does a lot to improve the car’s handling and control in curves and on broken pavement. Front and rear stabilizer bars do their part, too.

I thought the steering was a bit numb, but not as dull as the last Camry I drove. It’s about on-par with the Volkswagen Passat, which I have previously praised for having a little more steering feel than most front-drive family sedans.

Critics deride that a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is the only transmission available in the so-called “Four-Door Sports Car.” True, it feels different than other performance-minded cars. I think the availability of a manual transmission would benefit this model’s street cred, even if few buyers ultimately purchased it. But the CVT does not deserve nearly the derision it gets from gearheads.

In fact, the CVT pays dividends in day-to-day driving: It’s smoother than most multi-gear transmissions, and it helps you get good fuel economy. EPA says the Maxima will get 30 MPG on the highway. Even with a long photo shoot and lots of engine idle time — not to mention driving the car harder than most — I got 28 MPG.


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“EPA says the Maxima will get 30 MPG on the highway.”

To put that in perspective, I never broke 25 MPG last time I had a Lexus GS 350. I know that’s a rear-wheel drive car, but it also has a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes barely more power than the Maxima — and it’s smaller and lighter.

It’s not like the Maxima is slow. There’s 300 horsepower on-tap. Nail the throttle, and the CVT spools the engine up to its peak horsepower-making RPM — then holds it there until you ease up on the gas. Speed piles on quickly when you want it. While it lacks the shift-shock of multi-gear transmissions, the CVT does a good job finding the best mix of power and economy for your driving style and throttle position.

I saw a magazine compare the Maxima to a BMW 340i a few months before my test. The magazine said the Max couldn’t turn in the same lap time as the BMW — it was off the pace by about three seconds. But the magazine’s professional race driver said the Max was easier to control and had a better handling feel, thanks in part to Nissan’s Active Trace Control, a system that helps the car stay on the intended cornering line by selectively applying pressure on individual brake discs. The rear-drive BMW was comparatively tail-happy and harder to control, the magazine reported.

A base 340i costs about the same as my loaded Maxima Platinum. Considering that and the much roomier innards of the Nissan, a three-second gap in lap time doesn’t seem like reason for BMW to brag. Out here in the real world, where very few take cars to the track, the Maxima is offering an awful lot of value and performance for the money.

Competitor Notes

Buick Regal


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The Regal is Buick’s Maxima. It’s slightly smaller than many front-wheel drive midsize cars on the inside, but it’s also slightly sportier and more luxurious than many in its price range.

The exterior styling is a toss-up between the Max and the Regal. Both are handsome cars. The Maxima has a little more futuristic edginess to it, while the Regal is a little smoother, more timelessly designed.

Inside, Buick is the master of quietness. Regal will be quieter on the highway than Maxima. Either will offer similar levels of interior luxury, with the Regal slightly outclassing the Maxima for passenger space. The Regal is offered in “Sportback” (liftback sedan) and “TourX” (wagon) formats, which means it can be more versatile for cargo, too.

Where Regal falls short is its engine — a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 250 horsepower and 260 ft-lbs of torque. If you opt for all-wheel drive, which the Maxima doesn’t offer, you get a bump up to 295 lb-ft of torque.

One wonders whether the Opel-based Regal will be as compelling in the future, now that Opel has been sold to PSA, makers of French cars Peugeot and Citroen. But for now, the Regal offers a slightly lower-horsepower — and also possibly more practical — take on the sporty front-wheel drive midsize family car.

Read our full review on the 2018 Buick Regal

Toyota Camry


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Ah, Toyota Camry — the most appliancey of automotive appliances. But for 2018, the Camry has an all-new design that injects a dose of sportiness in it.

But to get a powertrain with the same kind of sportiness offered by the Maxima, you have to choose the Camry’s XLE V6 or XSE V6 trims. Those give you a 3.5-liter, 301-horsepower V6. The XLE V6 is slightly less sporty-looking than the XSE thanks to a few front fascia tweaks between the two models.

Camry offers a double-wishbone rear independent suspension and front and rear stabilizer bars, much like the Maxima. Expect the Camry to feel good in the curvy and bumpy stuff, for a front-wheel drive car. But you should also probably expect it to be slightly louder than the Maxima, and you should probably expect some of the interior features to be less luxurious than the Maxima. Toyota continues to stubbornly resist Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, for example.

The Camry does offer more trims and options than the Maxima. There’s no hybrid version of the Max, for example, while Toyota offers that. And the Camry is slightly larger inside, particularly in the rear. But overall, I find the Camry boring compared to the Maxima. Start penning those comments, Toyota fans.

Read our full review on the 2018 Toyota Camry.

Kia Stinger


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Here’s the oddball in my comparisons. The Kia Stinger is a rear-wheel drive car that’s being marketed as a competitor to European luxury cars. But remember the Maxima being compared favorably to a BMW 340i? I don’t think there’s as much space between the Maxima and the Stinger as Kia would have us believe.

On top of that, they’re both about the same size. Maxima actually offers slightly more space inside, particularly for front-seat occupants. Stinger will outpace the Maxima on the track or at the stoplight grand prix, however, with an available 365-horsepower, 376 lb-ft twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6.

But again, how many of us are really taking these cars to the track? The only thing the extra 65 horsepower does is helps you lose your license faster if you’re driving on public roads.

The Stinger is a compelling car that starts at about the same price as a base Maxima. If you go all-in for a V6 Stinger GT, you’ll spend a bit more than the MSRP of my loaded Maxima Platinum.

I’d have a hard time choosing between the two, honestly. But in a world too full of bland cars, that’s a good problem to have.

Read our full review on the 2018 Kia Stinger

Conclusion


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At an as-tested price of $42,270, the Nissan Maxima Platinum offered a lot of value. The interior and driving experience were nearly worthy of Nissan’s luxury division, Infiniti.

The biggest competition for the Maxima might be the V6 Altima. Though relatively rare in the overall mix of Altimas you’ll find on your local Nissan lot, the V6 Altima offers the same powertrain you find in the Maxima. But thanks to its more affordable roots — and fewer luxury and handling goodies — the Altima V6 tends to undercut the Maxima in price.

That said, no Altima handles like the Maxima, and I find that there’s no Altima that can equal the Maxima’s attractive design or luxurious interior.

Disclosure: Nissan provided the vehicle, insurance, and a tank of fuel for this review.

References

Nissan Maxima


2016 - 2017 Nissan Maxima - image 625125

Read our full review on the 2017 Nissan Maxima.


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Read more Nissan news.

PostHeaderIcon Nissan Maxima – Driven

The Nissan Maxima is something of an oddity in the automotive landscape. It used to be that the Max was the biggest car in Nissan’s lineup — hence its maximum name. But for the last couple of generations, the Maxima’s size has been matched by its cheaper sister, the Nissan Altima.

This creates all sorts of confusion for some consumers. A friend saw me comparing a Camry to an Altima and said, “Shouldn’t you compare Camry to Maxima?”

No, no you should not. The Maxima is much more of a driver’s car than any Camry, though I admit the new-for-2018 Camry closes the gap a little (more on that in a minute.)

As for anyone else who may be confused by Maxima’s place in the family sedan world, let me put it this way: It punches well above its weight — so much so that, if I were considering spending my money on an entry-level luxury car like a Mercedes CLA or Lexus ES, I’d honestly consider the Maxima in that same pack.

Design Notes


2018 Nissan Maxima - Driven - image 768527
“When it was last redesigned in 2015, the Nissan Maxima set the standard by which all Nissan designs have been tweaked in the years since”

When it was last redesigned in 2015, the Nissan Maxima set the standard by which all Nissan designs have been tweaked in the years since. The prominent “V-motion” grille signature carries over into hood creases that flow back toward the A-pillars of the steeply raked windshield. If you look carefully at just about any new Nissan model in 2018, you’ll see a reflection of those elements.

Where the Maxima design succeeds is in its muscular execution. The Maxima’s athletic stance and chiseled lines have not quite trickled down to lesser Nissan cars. That’s a good thing if you like your car to look a little different from the crowd — as I do.

“Boomerang” head- and tail lights give the Maxima another signature design element. There are swoopy creases flowing from the front fenders and disappearing under the door handles. A rear crease gives the car its “hips”, starting in the upper middle of the rear door above the door handle and flowing back into the upper arm of that boomerang-shaped tail light lens. There’s a black trim strip on the C pillar that makes the roof look like it’s floating — a nice visual trick.


2018 Nissan Maxima - Driven - image 768518
“The rear is equally well-done, with a subtle arch from tail light to tail light”

The rear is equally well-done, with a subtle arch from tail light to tail light. There’s a wide chrome strip between those lights, hiding license plate illumination and the trunk release. Big dual exhaust outlets signal the car’s demeanor.

Interior Notes


2018 Nissan Maxima - Driven - image 768509
“Inside is where the Maxima truly sets itself apart from the herd of midsize family sedans”

Inside is where the Maxima truly sets itself apart from the herd of midsize family sedans. Sure, the interior is slightly smaller than its sister, the Altima. It’s also a lot nicer, especially for the driver.

The front seats feature extendable thigh support and thicker padding than most in the segment. They’re comfortable, offering support in the right places. The car I tested had leather seating surfaces with superb diamond-stitch details.

The steering wheel deserves special mention. It’s a flat-bottom, leather-wrapped wheel with aggressive grip cut-outs at the 9 and 3 o’clock positions. It felt great in my hands and had all the relevant infotainment and cruise controls at my fingertips.

The dashboard is covered in leather (or something a lot like leather) and features stitching. The test car had leather on the top edges of the center console, right where my right knee wanted to rest while driving. That was far nicer than the rough, hard plastic many cars have in that spot.

Maxima’s rear-seat legroom is a couple inches less than the Altima, but I had an easy time putting my two kids back there. More notable for those who have adult-size passengers will be the headroom, where again Maxima (35.8 inches) lacks a few crucial millimeters compared to the less-sporty Altima (37.1 inches).


2018 Nissan Maxima - Driven - image 768533
“Wood appliques on the dash and door panels added even more upscale ambiance to the interior of the 2018 Nissan Maxima Platinum”

Nissan deserves praise for finally including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in the Maxima. I easily mirrored my Google Play Music and Google Maps apps on the car’s eight-inch touchscreen, and Android’s voice recognition made it easy to send responses to text messages while I was driving.

Wood appliques on the dash and door panels added even more upscale ambiance to the interior of the 2018 Nissan Maxima Platinum. Taken in concert, the Maxima feels about half a class nicer than most midsize cars in its price range.

Drive Notes


2018 Nissan Maxima - Driven - image 768513
“I thought the steering was a bit numb, but not as dull as the last Camry I drove”

OK, maybe given Maxima’s 3,800-lb curb weight, I should choose another phrase besides “punches above its weight.” Let’s say the Maxima surprises a lot of skeptics when driven in a hurry.

Its fully independent rear suspension does a lot to improve the car’s handling and control in curves and on broken pavement. Front and rear stabilizer bars do their part, too.

I thought the steering was a bit numb, but not as dull as the last Camry I drove. It’s about on-par with the Volkswagen Passat, which I have previously praised for having a little more steering feel than most front-drive family sedans.

Critics deride that a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is the only transmission available in the so-called “Four-Door Sports Car.” True, it feels different than other performance-minded cars. I think the availability of a manual transmission would benefit this model’s street cred, even if few buyers ultimately purchased it. But the CVT does not deserve nearly the derision it gets from gearheads.

In fact, the CVT pays dividends in day-to-day driving: It’s smoother than most multi-gear transmissions, and it helps you get good fuel economy. EPA says the Maxima will get 30 MPG on the highway. Even with a long photo shoot and lots of engine idle time — not to mention driving the car harder than most — I got 28 MPG.


2018 Nissan Maxima - Driven - image 768516
“EPA says the Maxima will get 30 MPG on the highway.”

To put that in perspective, I never broke 25 MPG last time I had a Lexus GS 350. I know that’s a rear-wheel drive car, but it also has a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes barely more power than the Maxima — and it’s smaller and lighter.

It’s not like the Maxima is slow. There’s 300 horsepower on-tap. Nail the throttle, and the CVT spools the engine up to its peak horsepower-making RPM — then holds it there until you ease up on the gas. Speed piles on quickly when you want it. While it lacks the shift-shock of multi-gear transmissions, the CVT does a good job finding the best mix of power and economy for your driving style and throttle position.

I saw a magazine compare the Maxima to a BMW 340i a few months before my test. The magazine said the Max couldn’t turn in the same lap time as the BMW — it was off the pace by about three seconds. But the magazine’s professional race driver said the Max was easier to control and had a better handling feel, thanks in part to Nissan’s Active Trace Control, a system that helps the car stay on the intended cornering line by selectively applying pressure on individual brake discs. The rear-drive BMW was comparatively tail-happy and harder to control, the magazine reported.

A base 340i costs about the same as my loaded Maxima Platinum. Considering that and the much roomier innards of the Nissan, a three-second gap in lap time doesn’t seem like reason for BMW to brag. Out here in the real world, where very few take cars to the track, the Maxima is offering an awful lot of value and performance for the money.

Competitor Notes

Buick Regal


2018 Buick Regal Sportback - image 724863

The Regal is Buick’s Maxima. It’s slightly smaller than many front-wheel drive midsize cars on the inside, but it’s also slightly sportier and more luxurious than many in its price range.

The exterior styling is a toss-up between the Max and the Regal. Both are handsome cars. The Maxima has a little more futuristic edginess to it, while the Regal is a little smoother, more timelessly designed.

Inside, Buick is the master of quietness. Regal will be quieter on the highway than Maxima. Either will offer similar levels of interior luxury, with the Regal slightly outclassing the Maxima for passenger space. The Regal is offered in “Sportback” (liftback sedan) and “TourX” (wagon) formats, which means it can be more versatile for cargo, too.

Where Regal falls short is its engine — a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 250 horsepower and 260 ft-lbs of torque. If you opt for all-wheel drive, which the Maxima doesn’t offer, you get a bump up to 295 lb-ft of torque.

One wonders whether the Opel-based Regal will be as compelling in the future, now that Opel has been sold to PSA, makers of French cars Peugeot and Citroen. But for now, the Regal offers a slightly lower-horsepower — and also possibly more practical — take on the sporty front-wheel drive midsize family car.

Read our full review on the 2018 Buick Regal

Toyota Camry


2018 Toyota Camry - image 700800

Ah, Toyota Camry — the most appliancey of automotive appliances. But for 2018, the Camry has an all-new design that injects a dose of sportiness in it.

But to get a powertrain with the same kind of sportiness offered by the Maxima, you have to choose the Camry’s XLE V6 or XSE V6 trims. Those give you a 3.5-liter, 301-horsepower V6. The XLE V6 is slightly less sporty-looking than the XSE thanks to a few front fascia tweaks between the two models.

Camry offers a double-wishbone rear independent suspension and front and rear stabilizer bars, much like the Maxima. Expect the Camry to feel good in the curvy and bumpy stuff, for a front-wheel drive car. But you should also probably expect it to be slightly louder than the Maxima, and you should probably expect some of the interior features to be less luxurious than the Maxima. Toyota continues to stubbornly resist Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, for example.

The Camry does offer more trims and options than the Maxima. There’s no hybrid version of the Max, for example, while Toyota offers that. And the Camry is slightly larger inside, particularly in the rear. But overall, I find the Camry boring compared to the Maxima. Start penning those comments, Toyota fans.

Read our full review on the 2018 Toyota Camry.

Kia Stinger


2018 Kia Stinger - image 734759

Here’s the oddball in my comparisons. The Kia Stinger is a rear-wheel drive car that’s being marketed as a competitor to European luxury cars. But remember the Maxima being compared favorably to a BMW 340i? I don’t think there’s as much space between the Maxima and the Stinger as Kia would have us believe.

On top of that, they’re both about the same size. Maxima actually offers slightly more space inside, particularly for front-seat occupants. Stinger will outpace the Maxima on the track or at the stoplight grand prix, however, with an available 365-horsepower, 376 lb-ft twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6.

But again, how many of us are really taking these cars to the track? The only thing the extra 65 horsepower does is helps you lose your license faster if you’re driving on public roads.

The Stinger is a compelling car that starts at about the same price as a base Maxima. If you go all-in for a V6 Stinger GT, you’ll spend a bit more than the MSRP of my loaded Maxima Platinum.

I’d have a hard time choosing between the two, honestly. But in a world too full of bland cars, that’s a good problem to have.

Read our full review on the 2018 Kia Stinger

Conclusion


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At an as-tested price of $42,270, the Nissan Maxima Platinum offered a lot of value. The interior and driving experience were nearly worthy of Nissan’s luxury division, Infiniti.

The biggest competition for the Maxima might be the V6 Altima. Though relatively rare in the overall mix of Altimas you’ll find on your local Nissan lot, the V6 Altima offers the same powertrain you find in the Maxima. But thanks to its more affordable roots — and fewer luxury and handling goodies — the Altima V6 tends to undercut the Maxima in price.

That said, no Altima handles like the Maxima, and I find that there’s no Altima that can equal the Maxima’s attractive design or luxurious interior.

Disclosure: Nissan provided the vehicle, insurance, and a tank of fuel for this review.

References

Nissan Maxima


2016 - 2017 Nissan Maxima - image 625125

Read our full review on the 2017 Nissan Maxima.


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Read more Nissan news.

PostHeaderIcon Nissan Brings Star Wars to L.A. with Six Wild-Looking Concept Cars

The Los Angeles Auto Show is the perfect occasion for carmakers to launch their late-in-the-year models for the U.S. market, but Nissan decided to go with something different in 2017. Having signed a collaboration with Lucasfilm for the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” movie, the Japanese automaker unveiled no fewer than six Star Wars-themed concept cars. Each of them is based on characters and crafts from the upcoming film, set to debut on December 15, and are built around Nissan’s most popular models in the U.S., the Rogue, Rogue Sport, Altima, and Maxima.

The vehicles were developed at the Lucasfilm studios, where artists penned everything from the design, colors, textures, and graphics, all inspired by the Star Wars franchise. The sketches were then brought to life using hydro-dipped graphics and aged exterior design to show simulated use in battle. Don’t worry; you won’t be seeing any flying Nissans in the movie, but also don’t expect any of these concepts to make it into production. Let’s have a closer look at each of them below.

Continue reading for the full story.

Nissan Altima Special Forces TIE Fighter


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The first car on the list is based on the strike fighter used by the First Order’s elite pilots. It features a multi-paned windshield, special wheel covers, all sorts of weapons front and rear, and a custom paint job with an offset red stripe.

Nissan Maxima Kylo Ren


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This vehicle looks much more sinister than the previous one, and that’s because it was designed to mimic Kylo Ren’s black and silver face mark. The V-motion grille was rebuilt from a single block of milled aluminum, while the new lower spoiler appears to be taken off a full-fledged race car. The headlamps have red signature lighting that matches the underbody lighting. Both pulse at random to mimic Kylo Ren’s crossguard lightsaber.

Nissan Maxima Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer


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Also inspired by Kylo Ren, this sedan is finished in black and equipped with red lighting in the bumper, as well as inside the cabin. It has two massive wings on each side, which are fitted with laser cannons and missile launchers. It also has sound effects pulled directly from the movie, but no video (or audio) is available yet.

Nissan Maxima Captain Phasma


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The Captain Phasma sedan sports an interesting livery with a gloss-black upper half and a high-gloss silver lower half, separated by a red stripe. The front end was designed to mimic the mask of the female character and makes the sedan look like an armored vehicle. The six little vents on the lower front doors make for a particularly interesting detail that somewhat reminds me of GTE-spec race cars with side-exiting exhausts pipes.

Nissan Rogue Poe Dameron’s X-wing with BB-8


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Moving over to crossovers, this Rogue recreates the X-wing that leads the New Republic Starfleet. It has four massive wings, illuminating thrusters, and four laser cannons. On the roof, Nissan added
BB-8 astromech droid with functioning lights, motion, and sound. A rugged tire and wheel package complete the look and turns the crossover into a vehicle ready for battle.

Nissan Rogue Sport A-wing


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Not as aggressive as the X-wing, the A-wing is closer to the standard-spec Rogue Sport. Just ignore the dual thrusters and the roof-mounted fins, and it looks like a regular crossover with a two-tone paint job with battle scars. However, the illuminated thrusters and the laser cannons mounted on the rear fenders give it a proper Star Wars-inspired look.

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PostHeaderIcon Nissan's Rolling Out The Goods With Its New Midnight Edition Package

In a day and age where add-on packages and accessories have become commonplace in the auto industry, Nissan is doing its part to ensure that its customers are taken cared of in that regard. The Japanese automaker unveiled its Midnight Edition package last year on the Maxima sedan and after incessant public demand. In fact, 85 percent of Maxima SR sales come with the Midnight Edition package. Nissan is now expanding the availability of the package to six of its current models, including the Maxima.

Together with Nissan’s full-sized sedan, the Midnight Edition package is now available on the Altima, Murano, Pathfinder, Rogue, and Sentra.

Naturally, the specific changes vary depending on the model. The Sentra, for example, gets a set of 17-inch wheels as opposed to the Pathfinder, which finds itself on the receiving end of a bigger set of 20-inch wheels. But by and large, the blacked-out theme of the package remains consistent across all models.

Prices also vary depending on which model is getting the package, although for the most part, Nissan’s keeping the extra costs relatively affordable as the most expensive versions of the package. The ones for the Altima, Murano, and Pathfinder all cost $1,195. The expanded Midnight Edition package is making its debut at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. And with the exception of the Rogue Midnight Edition, all other editions are already on sale. The package for the Rogue will be available beginning in March 2017.

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PostHeaderIcon Nissan Maxima

The eighth-generation Nissan Maxima comes 40 years after the name was launched as a trim level for the 1976 Bluebird. It was first unveiled to the public during a surprise impression during Nissan’s 2015 Super Bowl ad, which was then followed by a couple of pictures to hold us off until it officially debuted at the New York Auto Show. In short, it was a revolutionary design that brought more sports DNA to the car than was had in all the previous generations combined. Outside, the car a very sculpted body profile, a longer and wider footprint, and a very bold front end. The inside, just like the outside, was heavily inspired by Nissan’s Sport Sedan Concept. The center console is crowded but functional, and the two-tone coloration of the interior is more than inviting. The large infotainment screen in the center stack is angled toward the driver, and the overall feel is comparable to that of more expensive full-size sedans on the market.

After a total of 24 years and six redesigns, the Maxima is finally the car it was always meant to be. It’s got the room for hauling the family around and the looks to make just about any man who is stuck driving a sedan happy. On top of the new looks, that revised 3.5-liter V-6 under the hood packs a decent 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque, which isn’t bad for a car that starts out below $32,500. Of course, it does have some strong competition from models like the Chevy Impala and the Toyota Avalon, so it should come as no surprise that Nissan went the extra mile to bring us something truly magnificent.

The funny thing is, over all the generations, the Maxima has progressively gotten better. If you position a picture of each generation in order from oldest to newest, it shows an evolution similar to that shown in evolutionary charts derived from Darwin’s theory of evolution. It’s a good thing, so check out our full review on the all-new Maxima before it evolves into something else.

Updated 6/10/2016: Nissan has announced pricing and a couple of new personalization packages for 2017. Check out the Exterior, Interior, and Pricing sections below for all the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Nissan Maxima.


PostHeaderIcon Nissan Maxima – Driven

The Maxima has been around since 1981, but never has it been so focused on performance and driver engagement. All new for 2016, the eighth generation Maxima pushes the limits of what Nissan has ever done with its family sedan, making it far more appealing to those who refuse to sacrifice driving pleasure with the addition of kids. It might not be a four-door GT-R, but the Maxima has its sights squarely on the being BMW 5 Series for the everyman.

Much of that spunk comes from the 3.5-liter V-6. Naturally aspirated, the all-aluminum engine kicks out 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque. Ironically, a CVT sends power to the front wheels, though Nissan says it tirelessly worked to make the CVT behave less like a rubber band gun. The attention pays off, though nobody will mistake the gearbox for a traditional automatic.

Of course, power and performance are only half the story. The overall design screams to be looked at – the long nose, aggressive grille, sweeping beltline, and coupe-like rear roof make the Maxima one of the best-looking sedans on the market. Or at least one of the most stylized. The story continues inside. Out Platinum tester packed quilted leather atop Nissan’s Zero Gravity seats, contrast stitching along the center console and dash, and modern in-dash technology.

So how does all this translate into the real world? We spent a week with the Maxima to find out. Keep reading for the full run-down.

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PostHeaderIcon Nissan Maxima SR Midnight Edition Priced

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As you may remember, last year Nissan announced a special Midnight Edition version of its new Maxima sedan which was very well-received and people couldn’t wait to get it. Now they are read to release it as a value-added package which offers $2,195 worth of content for just $1,195.

That is $1,195 over the base price of Maxima SR model which is $37,770. That makes the 2016 Nissan Maxima SR Midnight Edition a pricey sedan, but then you get a lot for your money. The main features of the Midnight package include black sport spoiler, black rear diffuser, black 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and Charcoal premium leather-appointed interior with Alcantara inserts, and five exterior color combinations.

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Those are on top of what you get as standard with the Maxima SR, which includes a 300-horsepower 3.5-liter VQ-series V6 engine, NissanConnectSM with navigation and available 11-speaker Bose premium audio system, round View Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD), sport-tuned suspension, Integrated Dynamics-control Module (IDM), a front chassis performance damper, premium Ascot leather-appointed seats with diamond-quilted Alcantara, and…

So on the whole, Nissan Maxima SR Midnight Edition offers pretty good value for money. Available colors include Super Black, Pearl White, Brilliant Silver, Coulis Red or Deep Blue Pearl.

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PostHeaderIcon Nissan Maxima SR Midnight Edition

Last year, Nissan offered a limited run of its Midnight Accessories package. The demand for the package was so strong, Nissan decided to one-up its previous production run and start offering the Midnight Edition Package as a factory option for the Nissan Maxima. The downside to the package is that it’s only available on the Maxima in SR trim, so if you’re looking to get your hands on a “dark” Maxima, you’ll have to go with the Sportiest trim available.

The best part about the whole package as a factory installed option is that it comes at a considerable discount. Dan Mohnke – Vice President, Chief Marketing Manager and Marketing Operations – said, “Customer response to our limited production Maxima ’Midnight’ accessories package last summer was so strong, we’ve now made it a factory installed option – and we’re launching it at a $1,000 discount versus what it would cost to order and install the features individually. This special edition combines a more aggressive look with an affordable price, taking the popular SR grade level to an even higher level as enthusiasts’ favorite Maxima.”

An overall discount of $1,000 doesn’t sound too bad at all, does it? The package consists of several different body color options, as well as several exterior modifications. There are a few modifications to the interior, but this package is mainly designed for exterior gratification, so don’t expect much. So, without wasting anymore time, let’s look at what comes on the Maxima SR Midnight Edition.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Nissan Maxima SR Midnight Edition.


PostHeaderIcon 2016 Nissan Maxima Safety Car Unveiled

2016 Nissan Maxima Safety Car

The new generation Nissan Maxima, as you might be aware, was pitched by Nissan as a seriously sporty sedan that is practical and fun to drive. Continuing with these efforts, they have now got the car a safety car gig which will make people view the Maxima in a new light.

It’s not a very glamorous event Nissan Maxima Safety Car is going to pace, the Lone Star Le Mans race, but it’s at the prestigious Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Before that though, the safety car hit Virginia International Raceway this past weekend where it was on display during the Oak Tree Grand Prix.

Nissan is an official partner of IMSA and has deep involvement in TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, having fielded multiple cars and powerplants during recent seasons. At the Lone Star Le Mans race the company will field the two Doran Racing Nissan 370Z NISMOs which also saw action in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge during the Oak Tree Grand Prix weekend.

As for the technical features of the Nissan Maxima Safety Car, it’s a standard V6 powered front-wheel-drive sedan wrapped in the IMSA livery. And that’s about it really. It doesn’t even have a lights bar!

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PostHeaderIcon Nissan Highlights "The Evolution of the Sports Sedan" At Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Practically every car on display each year at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is worthy of being in some sort of museum, but while most arrive to the event on a trailer, Nissan will be taking two of its museum cars on a 300-mile road trip from L.A. to Monterey. To show the “evolution of the sports sedan,” Nissan will be hitting the road in a 1967 Datsun 411 and 1972 Datsun 510, and these cars will be accompanied by their modern successor, the all-new 2016 Nissan Maxima.

Members of the media will be among the lucky drivers piloting the trio of sedans on the daylong drive that departs L.A. on August 13th, and once in the Monterey Peninsula, Nissan will offer test drives of all three cars to additional media outlets. After that, the cars will head to the Monterey Motorsports Reunion held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, as part of Nissan’s display, which will also include the 1994 Nissan 300ZX IMSA No. 75 race car.

While the old Datsuns will definitely draw deserved attention, it was interesting to hear Steve Millen, who drove the aforementioned race car, talk about the new Nissan’s newest sport sedan.

“I think the new Maxima could give some of the race cars back then a run for the money today, straight from the showroom,” Millen said.

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PostHeaderIcon Nissan Could Actually Build Maxima Nismo

Remember the goofy NISMO mashups that Nissan created last year? Well it turns out that while some of the creations like the Sentra/NISMO Z and the mashup of the Xterra and the Juke were pure Photoshop (or MS Paint) fantasy, it sounds like Nissan may have been onto something with the 2016 Nissan Maxima NISMO.

The Detroit Bureau is reporting that the product planner for the 2016 Nissan Maxima, Vishnu Jayamohan, hinted at the possibility of a NIMSO-tuned version of the sedan. Nissan has been marketing the Maxima as a “4-Door Sports Car” (or 4DSC) for some time, so adding more power and a tighter chassis would sure help back up this claim.

No details or timeline are given in the report, but the first order of business would be to pull a few extra ponies from the 3.5-liter V-6. In stock form, this engine produces 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque, and the Juke (NISMO RS), 370Z and GT-R all produce higher outputs with the NISMO model. This probably wouldn’t be too hard for Nissan as the Maxima’s VQ35DE has been in production since the early 2000s, including under the hood of the 2003-2006 350Z. It doesn’t sound like Nissan would be interested in investing the added engineering to installing a bigger engine – say the 370Z’s 3.7-liter V-6. And there’s no need.

With styling also a key element of NISMO cars, expect to see an even flashier exterior design if a Maxima NISMO does go into production. This would almost definitely include bigger, wider wheels, a special lower body kit and a sizable rear spoiler. It certainly won’t look anything like the mashup of the previous-gen Maxima and the GT-R that can be seen below.

If it does become a reality, the Maxima NISMO would be priced well above the 2016 Maxima’s $32,410 starting price.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Nissan Could Actually Build Maxima Nismo

Remember the goofy NISMO mashups that Nissan created last year? Well it turns out that while some of the creations like the Sentra/NISMO Z and the mashup of the Xterra and the Juke were pure Photoshop (or MS Paint) fantasy, it sounds like Nissan may have been onto something with the 2016 Nissan Maxima NISMO.

The Detroit Bureau is reporting that the product planner for the 2016 Nissan Maxima, Vishnu Jayamohan, hinted at the possibility of a NIMSO-tuned version of the sedan. Nissan has been marketing the Maxima as a “4-Door Sports Car” (or 4DSC) for some time, so adding more power and a tighter chassis would sure help back up this claim.

No details or timeline are given in the report, but the first order of business would be to pull a few extra ponies from the 3.5-liter V-6. In stock form, this engine produces 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque, and the Juke (NISMO RS), 370Z and GT-R all produce higher outputs with the NISMO model. This probably wouldn’t be too hard for Nissan as the Maxima’s VQ35DE has been in production since the early 2000s, including under the hood of the 2003-2006 350Z. It doesn’t sound like Nissan would be interested in investing the added engineering to installing a bigger engine – say the 370Z’s 3.7-liter V-6. And there’s no need.

With styling also a key element of NISMO cars, expect to see an even flashier exterior design if a Maxima NISMO does go into production. This would almost definitely include bigger, wider wheels, a special lower body kit and a sizable rear spoiler. It certainly won’t look anything like the mashup of the previous-gen Maxima and the GT-R that can be seen below.

If it does become a reality, the Maxima NISMO would be priced well above the 2016 Maxima’s $32,410 starting price.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Nissan Maxima SR Midnight

When the 2016 Nissan Maxima first rolled out, most people had to take a step back, as the redesign was pretty dramatic. Now that everyone has had their opportunity to take it in, Nissan is showing off what buyers can do with their four-door sports car, by releasing the Maxima SR Midnight at the BET Experience.

The additional equipment that makes up the 2016 Maxima SR Midnight gives the sports sedan a dark and sporty look. While I can appreciate the additional bits that give it this look, I have to tell you that there is nothing special about this car. This is simply a Maxima SR with a handful of optional equipment added in.

Despite not being anything special, is this group of options worth adding to your Maxima SR?

Continue reading my full review to find out.


PostHeaderIcon Official: 2016 Nissan Maxima SR Midnight

Nissan Maxima SR Midnight

Following the successful debut of the new generation Maxima, Nissan decided to release a special edition version of the sports sedan while it’s still hot. The model in question is called the Nissan Maxima SR Midnight edition and it debuts this week during the BET Experience event in Los Angeles.

The dark and moody Nissan Maxima SR Midnight is equipped with a selection of factory and dealer-installed accessories in order to get that special midnighty look.The main highlights of Nissan Maxima SR Midnight include Super Black exterior paint, sport spoiler, black 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and Charcoal premium leather-appointed interior with Alcantara inserts. These seemingly simple bits have a profound effect on the way the dynamic new Maxima looks.

Mechanically, the SR Midnight is a normal Maxima, meaning it is powered by a 300-horsepower 3.5-liter VQ-series V6 engine mated to an Xtronic transmission that drives the front wheels and does 30 mpg if you’re careful. The special is also fully loaded equipment-wise, boasting NissanConnect with navigation and available 11-speaker Bose premium audio system, Around View Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD), Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), and …

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PostHeaderIcon Nissan Almost Axed the Maxima Four Years Ago

The 2016 Nissan Maxima goes on sale in June, 2015 with an impressive, concept-like design and Infiniti-like premium interior features, but the sports sedan almost didn’t happen. That’s the word from Pierre Loing, vice president of Nissan’s U.S. product planning, who told Auto News that the Japanese brand was planning to kill the nameplate just four years ago.

Nissan pondered the idea in 2011, only a couple of years after it had introduced the seventh-generation Maxima. Amidst hiking fuel prices and an industry that was still struggling to recover after the recession, Nissan shifted most of its resources to building more compact and fuel-efficient cars. It introduced the electric Leaf and had already began to focus on cost-efficient, global platforms. As it was sold almost exclusively in North America, the Maxima started to make less sense in the company’s big picture.

Fortunately, Loing stepped in to make a case for the big sedan and convinced Carlos Ghosn to greenlight the an eight-gen car in early 2012.

“A lot of people assume it was a forgone conclusion that, of course we will continue with another Maxima. But frankly, the forgone conclusion at that moment was that there would not be another Maxima,” said Loing. “There were big reasons to fight for it,” he added, including the fact that it is Nissan’s longest-selling nameplate in the U.S.

He even went as far as to say that the Maxima has better name recognition than the Nissan brand itself. Axing it would’ve taken a big chunk out of the brand’s image in the U.S.

Continue reading for the full story.

Nissan Almost Axed the Maxima Four Years Ago originally appeared on topspeed.com on Wednesday, 27 May 2015 18:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon 2016 Nissan Maxima Bests BMW and Audi Sports Sedans on the Track: Video

When it unveiled the 2016 Maxima at the New York Auto Show, Nissan left enthusiasts in awe. The new full-size showcased a concept-like exterior design and an interior packed with premium features previously not available in this class. It had just one fault in the fact that it didn’t have AWD. Despite that, Nissan is very optimistic about the Maxima, claiming it is one of the sportiest full-size vehicles. To prove it, the company took it to the Buttonwillow Raceway Park for a comparison against other sedans with sporty ambitions: the BMW 328i, Audi A4 2.0T, and the Acura TLX V6 Tech.

The test itself was more that just a couple of times laps. Nissan did put all four cars through their paces on the 1.8-mile track, but it used all sorts of technology to see which performed better and was fastest around corners. All cars were driven by professional racer Andy Lally, who also took his time to explain the intricacies of the test.

The result was a bit surprising, as the Maxima proved to be the quickest of the pack, beating the BMW 3 Series to the finish line by nearly a second. The reason why it’s surprising is because although the 328i is less powerful than the Maxima, it’s significantly lighter. Not to mention that, according to most tests, it’s also one of the most agile compact sedans. So what does this mean? Well, either Nisssan has pulled a fast one on us or the 2016 Maxima is simply that good!

2016 Nissan Maxima Bests BMW and Audi Sports Sedans on the Track: Video originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 11:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon 2016 Nissan Maxima Outperforms BMW 328i

2016 Nissan Maxima-track

Nissan is quite chuffed these days because they just found out that around 1.8-mile Buttonwillow Raceway’s West Loop course their new 2016 Nissan Maxima is 0.98 second quicker than the king of sports saloons, the BMW 328i. It takes a lot of explaining to clarify why that matters, but that hasn’t stop Nissan from bragging about the achievement.

We are huge fans of the 2016 Nissan Maxima because it takes whatever was good about its predecessors, all of them fine cars, and magnify them. But even us have a hard time believing that the Maxima is a better sports saloon than the BMW 3 Series. Just because it is a seconds quicker than that car around some obscure race track doesn’t make the Maxima a better performance machine.

What 2016 Nissan Maxima is best at is being, like its predecessors, an awesome and yet affordable family sedan with a beefy V6 engine, plenty of room, and decent equipment. Nissan should focus on making the Maxima better than cars like the Kia Optima and Hyundai Azera and stop wasting their time trying to prove it’s a better track car than the Bimmer. Nobody seeking performance is going to even consider a Maxima.

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PostHeaderIcon New Nissan Maxima Goes Into Production

Love it or hate it, the 2016 Nissan Maxima is now one step closer to hitting the streets. Following its surprise debut during a touching Super Bowl XLIX commercial and its official introduction at the New York Auto Show, the all-new Maxima has officially entered production at Nissan’s Smyrna, TN assembly plant.

The Maxima has been built in the U.S. (for domestic and export markets) since 2003, and Nissan has rolled out about 800,000 of the sporty sedans since then. Nissan’s self-proclaimed “4-Door Sports Car” has changed a lot over the last 12 years, but it has been one of the most fun-to-drive mid-size sedans on the market. And that doesn’t seem to be changing for the 2016 model year.

Though its looks are definitely polarizing, the 2016 Nissan Maxima finally has a styling that matches its attitude, and backing up this new look is a familiar powertrain, consisting of the 300-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 paired to Nissan’s Xtronic continuously variable transmission. Rolling off the same assembly line as the Altima, Leaf, Rogue, Pathfinder and Infiniti QX60, the new Maxima goes on sale this summer with a base MSRP of $32,410.

Continue reading to learn more about the new generation Nissan Maxima.

New Nissan Maxima Goes Into Production originally appeared on topspeed.com on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 16:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon C-Pillar Design Comparison: Lexus RX Vs. Nissan Maxima

If you’ve been following us lately, you probably noticed our new focus on comparisons. They helped us conclude the new Focus RS is a better alternative to the Golf R, and that the Porsche Boxster has the upper hand over the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. Also, comparing the Focus RS and the 2015 Mustang made us realize Ford is brave enough to let use choose between two fantastic and highly desirable performance cars. If you enjoyed those, than be prepared for more, but until we roll out our next comparo, we will take a closer look at the 2016 Nissan Maxima and 2016 Lexus RX.

Confused? Than let me say that this isn’t a regular comparison. That would be impossible since the two come in different shapes and sizes, and, more importantly, compete in completely different segments. So what do the Maxima and the RX have in common, you may ask? Well, besides being made by Japanese manufacturers, these new models share a common design feature, which seems rather awkward with both cars having been introduced at the New York Auto Show. Keep reading to find out more about it.

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C-Pillar Design Comparison: Lexus RX Vs. Nissan Maxima originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 7 April 2015 06:00 EST.

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