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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 GL Manual
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual GL 22 31 $19,790 $21,750
4-Door Sedan Automatic GL 21 30 $20,863 $22,825
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 22 31 $20,816 $22,885
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 21 30 $21,889 $23,960
4-Door Sedan V6 Manual GLS 20 28 $23,074 $25,385
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic GLS 19 27 $24,147 $26,460
4-Door Sedan V6 Manual GLX 20 28 $26,114 $28,750
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic GLX 19 27 $27,187 $29,825
4-Door Sedan V6 4MOTION Automatic GLX 19 26 $29,016 $31,575
4-Door Sedan 4MOTION Automatic W8 18 25 $34,729 $37,900
4-Door Wagon Manual GL 22 31 $20,513 $22,550
4-Door Wagon Automatic GL 21 30 $21,586 $23,625
4-Door Wagon Manual GLS 22 31 $21,538 $23,685
4-Door Wagon Automatic GLS 21 30 $22,611 $24,760
4-Door Wagon V6 Manual GLS 20 28 $23,797 $26,185
4-Door Wagon V6 Automatic GLS 19 27 $24,870 $27,260
4-Door Wagon V6 Manual GLX 20 28 $26,837 $29,550
4-Door Wagon V6 Automatic GLX 19 27 $27,910 $30,625
4-Door Wagon V6 4MOTION Automatic GLX 19 26 $29,739 $32,375
4-Door Wagon 4MOTION Automatic W8 18 25 $35,452 $38,700
4-Door Sedan 4MOTION 6-spd Manual W8 17 24 $35,984 $39,400
4-Door Wagon 4MOTION 6-spd Manual W8 17 24 $36,706 $40,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,628
$19,790
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,160
$21,750
Monthly Payment Estimate
$503 / month
$363 / 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.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 19 mpg 22 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 26 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 53.4 57.7
Passenger Volume (ft³) 96.2 95
Second Leg Room (in) 34.6 35.3
Front Head Room (in) 38.5 39.7
Second Hip Room (in) 53.9 56.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.3 55.8
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 36.4 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 54.6
Front Leg Room (in) 43.8 41.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 62.4 59.6
Wheelbase (in) 109.3 106.4
Liftover Height (in) 27.2 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.2 68.7
Track Width, Front (in) 62.4 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.6 5.8
Length, Overall (in) 190.6 185.2
Height, Overall (in) 57.8 57.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 14.2 15
Brakes
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 11.3 x 0.98
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 9.6 x 0.39
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 20.0 16.4
Steering
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 14.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.4 37.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P245/45VR18 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P245/45VR18 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size Compact P195/65HR15
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA N/A
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3557 3212
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.0 15 x 6
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.0 15 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact 15 x 6
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 9.6 7.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 550 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 130 90
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 261 @ 4400 166 @ 1950
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.5L/- TBD - 1.8L/109
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 290 @ 6400 170 @ 5900
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System SMPI SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 22 -
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.37 - 0.44 3.78
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.43
Trans Type 1 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 1.77 3.44
Second Gear Ratio (:1) NA 2.18
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 5.17 3.70
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.03
Trans Description Cont. Continuously Variable Manual w/OD
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Summary
Vehicle Name Nissan Maxima Volkswagen Passat
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sdn
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent strut Four-link
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 Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA Torsion Beam
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 -
 
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