Compare 2009 Nissan Maxima vs 2009 Pontiac G8

2009 Nissan Maxima
2009 Pontiac G8
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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
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
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.4
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
City
19 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Large Sedan
Interior Dimensions
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
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
36.4 38.0
Exterior Dimensions
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
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.6 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
190.6 196.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.2 17.5
Brakes
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 -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20.0 19.0
Steering
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 -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.2 - TBD -
Tires
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
Front Tire Size
P245/45VR18 P245/45R18
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3557 3885
Wheels
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
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
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
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
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
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
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
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
Summary
Vehicle Name
Nissan Maxima Pontiac G8
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
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 -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.00 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Performance
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 5

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