Compare 2009 Nissan Maxima vs 2008 Dodge Charger

2009 Nissan Maxima
2008 Dodge Charger
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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 RWD
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
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 Dodge Charger sedan has plenty of practicality and character--and thirst, with the big HEMI engines.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Large
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.2 16.2
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20.0 18.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
40.0 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.2 - TBD -
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 -
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P245/45VR18 P215/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA TW1
Front Tire Size
P245/45VR18 P215/65R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA TW1
Spare Tire Order Code
NA TBC
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3557 3637
Wheels
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
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 17 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.6 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 625
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 140
Engine
Displacement
3.5L/- TBD - 2.7L/167
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6400 186 @ 6400
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
261 @ 4400 191 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA EER
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 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
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
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4dr Sdn
Vehicle Name
Nissan Maxima Dodge Charger
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.83 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 -

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