Compare 2012 Dodge Charger vs 2012 Nissan Maxima

2012 Dodge Charger
2012 Nissan Maxima
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4-Door Sedan RWD SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD SE 18 27 $24,677 $25,595
4-Door Sedan RWD SXT 19 31 $27,437 $28,595
4-Door Sedan RWD SXT Plus 19 31 $27,437 $28,595
4-Door Sedan RWD Road/Track 16 25 $28,725 $29,995
4-Door Sedan RWD RT 16 25 $28,725 $29,995
4-Door Sedan RWD RT Max 16 25 $28,725 $29,995
4-Door Sedan RWD RT Plus 16 25 $28,725 $29,995
4-Door Sedan AWD SXT 18 27 $29,599 $30,945
4-Door Sedan AWD SXT Plus 18 27 $29,599 $30,945
4-Door Sedan AWD RT 15 23 $30,887 $32,345
4-Door Sedan AWD RT Max 15 23 $30,887 $32,345
4-Door Sedan AWD RT Plus 15 23 $30,887 $32,345
4-Door Sedan RWD SRT8 Super Bee 14 23 $40,325 $41,625
4-Door Sedan RWD SRT8 14 23 $44,281 $45,925
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4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S 19 26 $29,695 $32,420
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S w/Limited Edition Pkg 19 26 $29,695 $32,420
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SV 19 26 $32,163 $35,120
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SV w/Premium Pkg 19 26 $32,163 $35,120
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SV w/Sport Pkg 19 26 $32,163 $35,120
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,677
$29,695
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,595
$32,420
Monthly Payment Estimate
$427 / month
$540 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
Cue the Springsteen: Blue-collar virtues get the hero treatment in the 2012 Dodge Charger. The 2012 Nissan Maxima is a great pick if you want a stylish, sporty, comfortable, and lavishly trimmed sedan; serious sport-sedan enthusiasts should look elsewhere, however.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Car Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
40.1 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
38.6 38.5
Second Hip Room (in)
56.1 53.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.5 56.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
104.7 95.8
Second Head Room (in)
37.9 36.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.7 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 43.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
56.2 53.4
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 27.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.2 73.2
Track Width, Front (in)
63.4 62.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.0 5.6
Length, Overall (in)
200.3 190.6
Height, Overall (in)
58.2 57.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.8 62.4
Wheelbase (in)
120.2 109.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.3 14.2
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 1.1 12.6 x 1.10
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 0.4 12.1 x 0.6
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.5 20.0
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.6 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 40.0
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.4 15.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.7 37.4
Steering Type
Pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P215/65R17 P245/45VR18
Rear Tire Order Code
TW1 NA
Front Tire Size
P215/65R17 P245/45VR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact T145/80D17
Front Tire Order Code
TW1 NA
Spare Tire Order Code
TBG NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3961 3540
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 18 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
14.0 9.6
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
730 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
160 130
Engine
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
260 @ 4800 261 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
ERB NA
Displacement
3.6L/220 3.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
292 @ 6350 290 @ 6400
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 19
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Continuously Variable
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.59 - TBD -
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 NA
Trans Type
5 1
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.16 1.76
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.19 NA
Trans Order Code
DGJ NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.65 5.17
Summary
Vehicle Name
Dodge Charger Nissan Maxima
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.6 0.8
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.1 1.0
Suspension Type - Rear
- TBD - Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
- TBD - Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.7 8.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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