Important numbers include a wheelbase of 109.3-inches, 3,676-lb. curb weight, 38.1-ft. turn circle, 14.3 cu. ft. of cargo space and an 18-gallon fuel tank.

In summary, Nissan makes note in its marketing chatter that Maxima is a sports car with four-doors. It promotes that big V6, sporty suspension, excellent ABS disc brakes and innovative "floating roof" that camouflages the side pillars by blacking them out. It really is a unique design worthy of note.

So, with leftover incentives now in play, along with usual dealer enticement on trade-ins and leases, now could be the best time of the year to step into a '19 Nissan Maxima as the 2020s are identical.

Entry price: $34,050

Price as tested: $45,225

Likes: Refreshed design, outstanding cabin, CVT improvement, 300-horsepower.

Dislikes: Rear-seat legroom, no AWD models, CVTs and Sports Cars don't mix well.