Nearly 40 years after its debut via the long gone defunct manufacturer Datsun, the Nissan Maxima has endured an influx of rivals and remains a solid large sedan choice. But there's a catch: sales are suffering.
The Maxima peaked in 2005 with more than 75,000 units sold. Last year, the numbers slipped to just over 42,000. Intense competition from ever-increasing SUVs sales mean the market share for large sedans is shrinking while diverse options abound, from the Dodge Charger to Hyundai Sonata.