EDITORIAL ASSISTANT JONATHAN WONG: I still appreciate Nissanís workhorse V6, which is both smooth and powerful. The transmission is also a slick unit with a respectable manual-shift mode that matches revs on downshifts.
Well, I hope that this year's model is an improvement over last years. '07s had terrible road noise for the caliber of car and the manual tranny was horrendously annoying to drive. The '07 had the weirdest clutch that I've ever tried to tolerate. Needless to say, it failed miserably.