Unrivaled Elegance, Surprisingly Affordable
June 26, 2018
For over a decade I drove a 2000 Maxima, which I thought was the best-balanced sedan on the market. Until 2009, when I got a Jaguar XJ8 in excellent condition for a lower price than an equivalent Maxima. Zowie, what a jump in class and performance. The 2000 Jaguar XJ8, especially the Vanden Plas version, is not only a timeless beauty that attracts compliments from everyone, but also smoother and more powerful than the Maxima. Reliability is just as good, and even fuel economy is basically the same (17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway). The only slight complaint, believe it or not, is a fairly shallow trunk, although it is slightly deeper and wider. Ride and handling are superior.