Compare 2009 Nissan Maxima vs 2008 Acura TL

2009 Nissan Maxima
2008 Acura TL
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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 $27,628 $30,160
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SV 19 26 $30,097 $32,860
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SV w/Premium Pkg 19 26 $30,097 $32,860
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SV w/Sport Pkg 19 26 $30,097 $32,860
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4-Door Sedan Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Automatic 18 26 $31,007 $33,725
4-Door Sedan Automatic Nav 18 26 $33,300 $36,225
4-Door Sedan Automatic Type-S 17 26 $35,134 $38,225
4-Door Sedan Manual Type-S 18 27 $35,134 $38,225
4-Door Sedan Automatic Type-S HPT 17 26 $35,317 $38,425
4-Door Sedan Manual Type-S HPT 18 27 $35,317 $38,425
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,628
$31,007
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,160
$33,725
Monthly Payment Estimate
$503 / month
$562 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The stylish 2009 Nissan Maxima has the looks—and acceleration specs—of a sport sedan but lacks the high-performance driving feel to match. The 2008 Acura TL is a "nice" car that's well equipped in every category except personality.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
34.6 34.9
Front Head Room (in)
38.5 38.7
Second Hip Room (in)
53.9 53.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 58.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
36.4 37.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 55.7
Front Leg Room (in)
43.8 42.8
Front Hip Room (in)
53.4 55.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.2 97.9
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
27.2 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.2 72.2
Track Width, Front (in)
62.4 62.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.6 5.8
Length, Overall (in)
190.6 189.3
Height, Overall (in)
57.8 56.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.4 62.0
Wheelbase (in)
109.3 107.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.2 12.5
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.60 x 1.10 11.8 x 1.1
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)
12.13 x 0.63 11.1 x .35
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)
20.0 17.1
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
40.0 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.2 15.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 39.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Variable Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.6 2.8
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P245/45VR18 P235/45WR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/45VR18 P235/45WR17
Spare Tire Size
Compact T135/80R16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3557 3623
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 17 x 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 16 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 17 x 8
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.6 8.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 130
Engine
Displacement
3.5L/- TBD - 3.2L/196
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6400 258 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
SMPI PGM-FI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
261 @ 4400 233 @ 5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 26
Transmission
Trans Type
1 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front-Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.49
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.77 1.89
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.61
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.17 4.31
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.69
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously Variable Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.37 - 0.44 2.70
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.07
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Nissan Maxima Acura TL
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.83 0.72
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.00 1.07
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Double-Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent strut Double-Wishbone
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 -

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