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You and others tend to dismiss the Max's handling simply because of its rear suspension while the handling of the Max continues to receive praise from the press. Take a look at an article here on Edmunds http://www.edmunds.com/reviews/roadtests/spin/45264/article.html. They state that "Handling is precise with good feedback coming through the leather-wrapped wheel, and so neutral was the Maxima's behavior while tackling the twisties that it was hard to tell which wheels were propelling the car. Given the car's athletic handling, one would expect a much firmer ride than that delivered by the SE's supple suspension, which absorbed all but the most severe bumps in the road." Another article here at Edmunds is http://www.edmunds.com/reviews/roadtests/firstdrive/46808/article.html where they state "Responsive steering, flat cornering and neutral behavior when unraveling a twisty road make one realize that a ripping sport sedan needn't cost $40,000". Yet another article praising the Max's handling is http://www.canadiandriver.com/testdrives/00maxima.htm where they state "It is also the back roads that will reveal the excellent cornering ability of this car. Without getting into the technical details of the suspension improvements, it is enough to say the Maxima is rock solid in the corners." I could probably find many other articles that praise the handling of the Maxima but people like you would probably still dismiss it as a sedan with a minivan's suspension.
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