Mechanically, the Maxima is top notch. Unfortunately, the constant rattling and creaking of the interior literally destroys the ownership experience of an otherwise great car. I have had a number of new japanese autos and surprised by the lack of quality on the interior of this car. I have family members and friends with similar complaints about wearing fabric, rattling dashboard and leaking sunroofs.
Power. When you hit the gas pedal, you can't help but smile. Great performance for the money.
Nissan must take the next leap to higher quality. As much as I like the styling and performance of my Maxima and Nissans in general, I will not buy another due to inferior interior products.