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The somewhat sporty Maxima was based on the lower-level Altima platform and had a well-earned reputation as a smooth and quiet-running performer. The Maxima had solid construction, good handling and potent acceleration and the interior provided plenty of comfort for up to five passengers. Adding 20 more horsepower to the Altima-based 270-horse V6 gave the Maxima a bit more thrust, even if it preferred drinking from the premium-grade well and carried about 500 extra pounds. Standout styling was a definite improvement over previous Maximas.