Compare 2008 Nissan Maxima vs 2008 Audi A4

2008 Nissan Maxima
2008 Audi A4
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4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SE 19 25 $26,229 $28,630
4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SL 19 25 $28,286 $30,880
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4-Door Sedan Manual FrontTrak 2.0T
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual FrontTrak 2.0T 20 31 $26,878 $28,900
4-Door Sedan Manual FrontTrak SE 2.0T 20 31 $27,668 $29,750
4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T 21 30 $28,085 $30,200
4-Door Sedan Manual quattro 2.0T 20 28 $28,830 $31,000
4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak SE 2.0T 21 30 $28,877 $31,050
5-Door Wagon Manual quattro 2.0T 20 28 $29,760 $32,000
4-Door Sedan Manual quattro SE 2.0T 20 28 $29,783 $32,025
4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro 2.0T 19 27 $30,041 $32,300
5-Door Wagon Manual quattro SE 2.0T 20 28 $30,713 $33,025
5-Door Wagon Automatic quattro 2.0T 19 27 $30,971 $33,300
4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro SE 2.0T 19 27 $30,992 $33,325
5-Door Wagon Automatic quattro SE 2.0T 19 27 $31,922 $34,325
4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 3.2L 18 27 $33,761 $36,300
4-Door Sedan Manual quattro 3.2L 15 25 $34,643 $37,250
5-Door Wagon Manual quattro 3.2L 15 25 $35,573 $38,250
4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro 3.2L 17 25 $35,713 $38,400
5-Door Wagon Automatic quattro 3.2L 17 25 $36,643 $39,400
2-Door Cabriolet CVT FrontTrak 2.0T 21 30 $36,968 $39,750
2-Door Cabriolet Automatic quattro 2.0T 19 27 $38,921 $41,850
2-Door Cabriolet Automatic quattro 3.2L 17 25 $44,548 $47,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,229
$26,878
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$28,630
$28,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$477 / month
$482 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Nissan Maxima is a bit more aesthetically appealing than a top-of-the-line Altima or Accord, but it doesn’t perform any better. The 2008 Audi A4 is a competent, high-quality entry-level import that’s in its last year of production.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
36.5 34.3
Front Head Room (in)
40.1 38.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
103.6 90.1
Second Hip Room (in)
54.8 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.9 55.1
Second Head Room (in)
37.3 37.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.5 53.4
Front Leg Room (in)
43.9 41.3
Front Hip Room (in)
53.5 - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.0 59.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.5 4.2
Length, Overall (in)
194.4 180.6
Height, Overall (in)
58.3 56.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.2 59.9
Wheelbase (in)
111.2 104.3
Liftover Height (in)
29.2 28.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.7 69.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.5 13.4
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.60 x 1.10 12.6 x 1.18
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)
11.50 x 0.35 11.3 x 0.47
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20.0 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 16.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
40.0 36.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Servotronic Speed-Sensitive
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.6 - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
P245/45VR18 P215/55R16
Spare Tire Size
T145/80R17 P215/55R16
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/45VR18 P215/55R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3591 3406
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Alloy
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x 7.5
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.8 9.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 120
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
255 @ 6000 200 @ 5100-6000
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI FSI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
252 @ 4400 207 @ 1800-5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/213 2.0L/121
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 31
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.80
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.77 - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.05
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.17 3.75
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Continously Variable Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.66
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.37 - 0.44 3.67
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.37
Trans Type
1 6
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Nissan Maxima Audi A4
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
1.04 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.87 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Trapezoidal Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Stabilizer Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent strut 4-Link

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