yet, with Honda's super handling AWD (SHAWD) in Acura RL, it seems likely that honda may adapt this similar technology to its accord line. Toyota, may follow after that, adapting awd in camry.
Nissan, in order to be competitive against the accord/camry, might be forced to have awd option in maxima.
Nissan already promised they will deliver hybrid technology (bought from toyota) in altima sedan as 2007 model.
I bet this is because of the same reason: competition presure from honda and toyota hydrid.
In response to the 1st post above, audi A4 quartro (i own one) is totally a different class than maxima/accord/camry.
< When i say class, i mean: luxury, customer target, and NOT performance>
Nissan's inifinity line is on par with audi and that is why the G35 have awd option to compete with A4 quartro. In audi perspective, VW passat is maxima's match!
Off course, passat has an edge here when one is speaking about awd because of the 4motion technology. But, Maxima is indeed a beautiful car, and IMHO, more reliable than VWs