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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 $29,081 $31,750
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SV 19 26 $31,550 $34,450
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SV w/Sport Pkg 19 26 $31,550 $34,450
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SV w/Premium Pkg 19 26 $31,550 $34,450
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 20 29 $29,876 $33,195
4-Door Sedan Limited 20 29 $32,792 $36,435
Pricing
Invoice Price
$29,081
$29,876
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$31,750
$33,195
Monthly Payment Estimate
$529 / month
$553 / month
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2011 Nissan Maxima is no longer primarily a sport sedan; think of it as comfortable and refined first, with its sportiness a bonus, and you’ll be happy. The 2011 Toyota Avalon is at once traditional and modern, with a classy, comfortable luxury-car look and feel combined with top-notch safety and a great feature set.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 19 mpg 20 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 26 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 34.6 40.9
Front Head Room (in) 38.5 38.9
Second Hip Room (in) 53.9 56.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.3 59.4
Passenger Volume (ft³) 95.8 106.9
Second Head Room (in) 36.4 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 58.2
Front Leg Room (in) 43.8 41.3
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 53.4 55.8
Exterior Dimensions
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
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 -
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 11.1 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 N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.2 16.1
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 3.2
Tires
Rear Tire Size P245/45VR18 P215/55R17
Rear Tire Order Code NA N/A
Front Tire Size P245/45VR18 P215/55R17
Spare Tire Size T145/80D17 P215/55R17
Front Tire Order Code NA N/A
Spare Tire Order Code NA N/A
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3540 3572
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.0 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 17 x 7.0
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.0 17 x 7.0
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
Fuel System SMPI Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 261 @ 4400 248 @ 4700
Engine Order Code NA N/A
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 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 20
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.60
First Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - 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 4.14
Second Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.90
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 5.17 3.68
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Continuously Variable Automatic
Summary
Vehicle Name Nissan Maxima Toyota Avalon
Body Style 4 Door Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.83 0.6
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.00 0.9
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-link Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Strut MacPherson Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.5 8.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating - -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger - -
Overall Side Crash Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating Driver - -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat - -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat - -
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