Compare 2011 Nissan Maxima vs 2011 Volkswagen CC

2011 Nissan Maxima
2011 Volkswagen CC
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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 $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/Premium Pkg 19 26 $31,550 $34,450
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SV w/Sport Pkg 19 26 $31,550 $34,450
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4-Door Sedan Manual Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual PZEV Sport 22 31 $27,045 $28,200
4-Door Sedan Manual Sport 22 31 $27,045 $28,200
4-Door Sedan DSG PZEV Sport 21 31 $28,099 $29,300
4-Door Sedan DSG Sport 21 31 $28,099 $29,300
4-Door Sedan Manual PZEV R-Line 22 31 $28,885 $30,120
4-Door Sedan Manual R-Line 22 31 $28,885 $30,120
4-Door Sedan Lux 21 31 $29,897 $31,175
4-Door Sedan PZEV Lux 21 31 $29,897 $31,175
4-Door Sedan DSG PZEV R-Line 21 31 $29,939 $31,220
4-Door Sedan DSG R-Line 21 31 $29,939 $31,220
4-Door Sedan Lux Plus 21 31 $32,199 $33,575
4-Door Sedan PZEV Lux Plus 21 31 $32,199 $33,575
4-Door Sedan Lux Limited 21 31 $32,966 $34,375
4-Door Sedan PZEV Lux Limited 21 31 $32,966 $34,375
4-Door Sedan Executive 4Motion 17 25 $38,351 $39,990
Pricing
Invoice Price
$29,081
$27,045
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$31,750
$28,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$529 / month
$470 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.0
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 Volkswagen CC has performance that doesn't altogether match its sexy shape, and seating space is disappointing, but otherwise there's a lot to like.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
53.4 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
34.6 37.3
Front Head Room (in)
38.5 37.4
Second Hip Room (in)
53.9 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 56.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
95.8 94
Second Head Room (in)
36.4 36.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 54.7
Front Leg Room (in)
43.8 41.6
Passenger Capacity
5 4
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in)
109.3 106.7
Liftover Height (in)
27.2 NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.2 73.0
Track Width, Front (in)
62.4 61.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.6 5.0
Length, Overall (in)
190.6 188.9
Height, Overall (in)
57.8 55.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.4 61.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.2 13.0
Brakes
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 12.3 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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20.0 18.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.6 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
40.0 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.2 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 37.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/45VR18 P235/45R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/45VR18 P235/45R17
Spare Tire Size
T145/80D17 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3540 3300
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
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
Engine Type
Gas V6 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI DI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
261 @ 4400 207 @ 1700-5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/- TBD - 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6400 200 @ 5100-6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 22
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.17 3.94/3.09
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.10
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously Variable Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.93
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.36
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.47
Trans Type
1 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.11
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.77 3.99
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.09
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Nissan Maxima Volkswagen CC
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Strut McPherson concept
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.83 NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.00 NA
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link 4-link fully independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.5 7.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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