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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 XL (Natl)
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan XL 19 28 $24,414 $27,325
4-Door Sedan Touring 19 28 $26,423 $29,575
4-Door Sedan XLS 19 28 $27,829 $31,625
4-Door Sedan Limited 19 28 $30,504 $34,665
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,628
$24,414
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,160
$27,325
Monthly Payment Estimate
$503 / month
$455 / 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 Toyota Avalon is designed for a cushy, comfortable ride and impressive interior space above all else.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 19 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 26 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 34.6 40.9
Front Head Room (in) 38.5 38.8
Second Hip Room (in) 53.9 56.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.3 59.4
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 36.4 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 58.2
Front Leg Room (in) 43.8 41.3
Front Hip Room (in) 53.4 55.8
Passenger Volume (ft³) 96.2 106.9
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 62.4 62.2
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.6 5.3
Length, Overall (in) 190.6 197.6
Height, Overall (in) 57.8 58.5
Track Width, Rear (in) 62.4 61.6
Wheelbase (in) 109.3 111.0
Liftover Height (in) 27.2 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.2 72.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 14.2 14.4
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.60 x 1.10 11.7 x - TBD -
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 11.6 x - TBD -
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 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 40.0 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.2 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.4 36.9
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.6 3.22
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P245/45VR18 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size Compact P215/60R16
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P245/45VR18 P215/60R16
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 3490
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.0 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact 16 x 6.5
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.0 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 9.6 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 550 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 130 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 290 @ 6400 268 @ 6200
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System SMPI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 261 @ 4400 248 @ 4700
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.5L/- TBD - 3.5L/211
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 22 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 28
Transmission
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 1.77 4.15
Second Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.90
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 5.17 3.69
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Continuously Variable Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.61
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.37 - 0.44 3.30
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.42
Trans Type 1 6
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Nissan Maxima Toyota Avalon
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.83 0.59
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.00 0.94
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-link Multi-link Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent strut MacPherson Strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 -
 
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