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 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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.2 12.5
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20.0 17.1
Steering
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
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
40.0 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.2 15.4
Tires
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
Rear Tire Size
P245/45VR18 P235/45WR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3557 3623
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 17 x 8
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 -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.6 8.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 130
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 550
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
SMPI PGM-FI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
261 @ 4400 233 @ 5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/- TBD - 3.2L/196
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6400 258 @ 6200
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 18
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Nissan Maxima Acura TL
Suspension
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
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.83 0.72
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 -

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