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25 Jul 2003

THE Statesman matches the Fairlane in every area with the advantage of better handling from the independent rear suspension. Equipment is similar to the Fairlane with the bonus of a driver's airbag. The 3.8-litre V6 has enough power (130kW) to equal the Ford's performance while using slightly less fuel.

THE Legend combines advanced engineering and excellent build quality with lots of equipment, including anti-lock brakes and a sunroof. Interior space isn't so competitive here but there is ample room for five adults. The 130kW 2.7-litre V6 is smooth and fast once it winds up but can't compete here torque-wise.

THE under-rated first Maxima struggled to find buyers here. It has similar interior space to the also front-drive Legend and is well-equipped, including a gimmicky touch-pad entry system and driver's airbag from 1993. Power comes courtesy of a smooth 122kW 3.0-litre V6 coupled to a four-speed automatic.

VOLVO 760 GLE 4D SEDAN (1983-1990)
THE rear-wheel drive 760 GLE is spacious, strong and safe, as reflected in that unmistakable Volvo styling. Equipment levels include leather trim and, from 1988, anti-lock brakes. Though not very powerful or economical, its ancient 108kW 2.8 V6 is durable and reliable. The model lived on as the 960 until 1998.

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