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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/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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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 17 25 $26,978 $28,250
4-Door Sedan GT 15 24 $30,326 $31,755
4-Door Sedan GXP 13 20 $35,917 $37,610
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,628
$26,978
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,160
$28,250
Monthly Payment Estimate
$503 / month
$471 / 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 G8 gives Pontiac real sport-sedan credentials and hits the mark with only minor faults.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 19 mpg 17 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 26 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Large Sedan
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 36.4 38.0
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 59.1
Front Leg Room (in) 43.8 42.2
Front Hip Room (in) 53.4 56.7
Passenger Volume (ft³) 96.2 107.0
Second Leg Room (in) 34.6 39.4
Front Head Room (in) 38.5 38.7
Second Hip Room (in) 53.9 58.0
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.3 59.1
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.6 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 190.6 196.1
Height, Overall (in) 57.8 57.7
Track Width, Rear (in) 62.4 63.3
Wheelbase (in) 109.3 114.8
Liftover Height (in) 27.2 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.2 74.8
Track Width, Front (in) 62.4 62.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 14.2 17.5
Brakes
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 11.89 x - TBD -
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 11.73 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 20.0 19.0
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.2 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.4 37.4
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.6 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 40.0 - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size P245/45VR18 P245/45R18
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA R1L
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P245/45VR18 P245/45R18
Rear Tire Order Code NA R1L
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3557 3885
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.0 18 x 8
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.0 18 x 8
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 9.6 10.8
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 130 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 550 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System SMPI SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 261 @ 4400 248 @ 2100
Engine Order Code NA LY7
Displacement 3.5L/- TBD - 3.6L/217
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 290 @ 6400 256 @ 6300
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 22 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 17
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1) 1.77 3.02
Second Gear Ratio (:1) NA 2.21
Trans Order Code NA M82
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 5.17 2.92
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Continuously Variable Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.37 - 0.44 3.42
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.60
Trans Type 1 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.75
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Nissan Maxima Pontiac G8
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.00 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-link Performance
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA 4-link independent
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent strut Performance
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.83 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA MacPherson strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 5
 
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