Compare 2012 Lexus ES 350 vs 2012 Nissan Maxima

2012 Lexus ES 350
2012 Nissan Maxima
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 19 28 $34,400 $36,725
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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
$34,400
$29,695
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$36,725
$32,420
Monthly Payment Estimate
$612 / month
$540 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.8
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
City
19 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
56.3 57.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.6 62.4
Wheelbase (in)
109.3 109.3
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.8 14.2
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 20.0
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
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
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact T145/80D17
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/55R17 P245/45VR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/55R17 P245/45VR18
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3605 3540
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 18 x 8.0
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 9.6
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 130
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
268 @ 6200 290 @ 6400
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
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 -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 26
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Lexus ES 350 Nissan Maxima
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Dual-Link w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Strut
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
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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