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Selected Style 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 $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/Sport Pkg 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 RWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 18 26 $21,009 $22,510
4-Door Sedan RWD SXT 17 24 $24,641 $26,545
4-Door Sedan AWD SXT 15 22 $26,756 $28,895
4-Door Sedan RWD R/T 15 23 $29,204 $31,615
4-Door Sedan AWD R/T 15 22 $31,094 $33,715
4-Door Sedan RWD SRT8 13 18 $34,679 $37,215
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,628
$21,009
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,160
$22,510
Monthly Payment Estimate
$503 / month
$375 / month
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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 Dodge Charger sedan has plenty of practicality and character--and thirst, with the big HEMI engines.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 19 mpg 18 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 26 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 36.4 36.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 57.6
Front Leg Room (in) 43.8 41.8
Front Hip Room (in) 53.4 56.2
Passenger Volume (ft³) 96.2 104.0
Second Leg Room (in) 34.6 40.2
Front Head Room (in) 38.5 38.7
Second Hip Room (in) 53.9 57.6
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.3 59.3
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in) 190.6 200.1
Height, Overall (in) 57.8 58.2
Track Width, Rear (in) 62.4 63.1
Wheelbase (in) 109.3 120.0
Liftover Height (in) 27.2 30.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.2 74.5
Track Width, Front (in) 62.4 63.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.6 5.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 14.2 16.2
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.13 x 0.63 12.6 x 0.4
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 12.6 x 1.1
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 20.0 18.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.4 38.9
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.6 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 40.0 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.2 - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size P245/45VR18 P215/65R17
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA TW1
Spare Tire Order Code NA TBC
Rear Tire Size P245/45VR18 P215/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code NA TW1
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3557 3637
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.0 17 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.0 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 9.6 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 130 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 550 625
Engine
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 261 @ 4400 191 @ 4000
Engine Order Code NA EER
Displacement 3.5L/- TBD - 2.7L/167
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 290 @ 6400 186 @ 6400
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 3.90
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.69
Trans Description Cont. Continuously Variable Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.37 - 0.44 2.84
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.00
Trans Type 1 4
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 1.77 2.21
Second Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.57
Trans Order Code NA DGV
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4dr Sdn
Vehicle Name Nissan Maxima Dodge Charger
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.00 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-link 5-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.83 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 -
 
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