2007 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
At first I thought I should have gone for the BMW 530 but after owning and driving my 07 Maxima SE for 3 months I know I made the right choice. Much better bang for the buck at 33K fully loaded. It doesn't have the BMW or Audi emblem on its tail but it sure drives and feels like one (or better in some cases, depending on which model it's compared to). But for the price (including several options) this baby delivers.
Definitely the design. The interior feels tight like a luxury sport sedan should. The exterior is nice. Maybe one too many angles for my taste but respectable. It is my understanding the Maxima will get a makeover soon, if it improves as much as the Altima did, it is something to look forward to.
I would like to see an improvement in the turning radius for sure. Also the fuel economy is not great (would be nice to have a hybrid option). Finally, although the cabin is quite ample, at 6'3" I would love to have an extra inch of legroom for the driver.