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Indulge your spring fever with a sporty new sedan.

This story appears in the May 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Spring fever in full bloom? Spend some of that energy testing three new sporty sedans scheduled to hit showrooms this month: Nissan's Maxima, the Mazda6s and Saab's new 9-3 Linear Sport. The new 2004 Maxima ($28,000) has a 260-plus horsepower, 3.5-liter, V6 engine that produces 250 lb.-ft. of torque, with larger dimensions than its predecessors. An innovative glass roof insert stretches from front to back.

The Maxima boasts a bold, smoothly sculpted, racy exterior; inside, an optional seating arrangement provides two individual bucket seats for rear passengers. There are two trim levels: the 5-speed automatic or optional sporty, six-speed manual transmission 3.5 SE with 18-inch wheels, and the more luxurious 3.5 SL that includes a four-speed automatic transmission with gated shifter for better control. Both come with a heated steering wheel and heated front seats.

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