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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S
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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 SV 19 26 $32,163 $35,120
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SV w/Sport Pkg 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 S w/Limited Edition Pkg 19 26 $29,695 $32,420
Pricing
Invoice Price
$34,400
$29,695
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$36,725
$32,420
Monthly Payment Estimate
$612 / month
$540 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Lexus ES 350 is a great pick for those who want a lavish interior and the latest in-car tech, but place a priority on comfort over cornering performance. 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
Fuel Economy - City 19 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 28 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 35.9 34.6
Front Head Room (in) 37.4 38.5
Second Hip Room (in) 53.8 53.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.3 56.3
Passenger Volume (ft³) 95.4 95.8
Second Head Room (in) 36.8 36.4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.3 55.1
Front Leg Room (in) 42.2 43.8
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 55.9 53.4
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - 27.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.7 73.2
Track Width, Front (in) 62.0 62.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 5.6
Length, Overall (in) 191.7 190.6
Height, Overall (in) 56.3 57.8
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.6 62.4
Wheelbase (in) 109.3 109.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 14.8 14.2
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.7 x - TBD - 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) 11.1 x - TBD - 12.1 x 0.6
Brake Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.5 20.0
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.2 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - 40.0
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.0 15.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.7 37.4
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P215/55R17 P245/45VR18
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P215/55R17 P245/45VR18
Spare Tire Size Compact T145/80D17
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3605 3540
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Aluminum 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 Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.0 18 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 9.6
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 130
Engine
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 248 @ 4700 261 @ 4400
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.5L/210 3.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 268 @ 6200 290 @ 6400
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 22 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 19
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 NA
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Continuously Variable
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.60 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.30 - TBD -
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.42 NA
Trans Type 6 1
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.71 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 4.14 1.76
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.90 NA
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.68 5.17
Summary
Vehicle Name Lexus ES 350 Nissan Maxima
Body Style Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - 0.8
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 1.0
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Dual-Link w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.3 8.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 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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