...The GLE has leather and an automatic transmission. Want the sporty I30? Pony up $32,000 for a five-speed model, plus applicable luxury taxes. The Maxima SE with a stick can't be optioned beyond $29,400. So, basically we're looking at a sizeable price difference across the line. Is the I30 worth the extra expenditure? We don't think so. However, we tend to be more practical than most buyers in the near-luxury segment of the market. If the Maxima's styling turns you off, and traction enhancement is an absolute must, the I30 is probably right up your alley. Not only will the premium paid get you...
...In this accepted standard arrangement, everything falls right to hand. There is nothing a first time driver has to learn. The heart of any automobile is the engine, and in this respect the I30 is a stout-hearted motor vehicle. Nissan is no stranger to going fast, and the '9 8 sedan upholds its speedy image. The motor is Nissan's 3.0-liter (182.2-cubic inch) dual overhead cam, 24-valve, aluminum V-6 that develops 190-horsepower and 205 foot-pounds of torque. In addition to its four valves per cylinder, the engine also features variable valve timing. When coupled to a Touring model's five-speed...