2009 Nissan Maxima 3.5 S 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
Cruises like a luxury car and feels like a turbocharged sports car when pushed harder. The S model is better equipped than competitors. This car has its own niche. If you want it all, reasonably speaking, no other car in this price range is close. The G8 is faster but try to buy one with these features at this price.
CVT is growing on me. Engine has more power than I need. Handles very well. Everything I need is included in this base model.
A little more trunk would be good. Brakes may be a little soft. Steering is perhaps a bit light for some tastes.