I too am an Import buyer - my first was an 05 Nissan Maxima SE. Great car with no majors - had it for 6 years. I upgraded to an Infiniti EX35, it's the AWD Crossover on a G chassis. I love it especially the real time camera system - front, back and top views and 11 speaker Bose sound system.
As for the trade value for domestic, forget it!
Honda and Toyota still lead in quality. Chevy seems to be coming up for now. Best wishes.