Compare 2009 Nissan Maxima vs 2008 Toyota Avalon

2009 Nissan Maxima
2008 Toyota Avalon
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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 XL
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
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.0
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
City
19 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Large
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Front (in)
62.4 62.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.6 5.3
Length, Overall (in)
190.6 197.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.2 14.4
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20.0 18.5
Steering
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
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
40.0 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.2 16.0
Tires
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
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/45VR18 P215/60R16
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3557 3490
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.6 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
SMPI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
261 @ 4400 248 @ 4700
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/- TBD - 3.5L/211
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6400 268 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 19
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Nissan Maxima Toyota Avalon
Suspension
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
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 -

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