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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 $29,695 $32,420
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SV 19 26 $32,163 $35,120
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SV w/Sport Pkg 19 26 $32,163 $35,120
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SV w/Premium Pkg 19 26 $32,163 $35,120
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S w/Limited Edition Pkg 19 26 $29,695 $32,420
4-Door Sedan SE RWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD SE 18 27 $24,677 $25,595
4-Door Sedan RWD SXT 19 31 $27,437 $28,595
4-Door Sedan RWD SXT Plus 19 31 $27,437 $28,595
4-Door Sedan RWD RT 16 25 $28,725 $29,995
4-Door Sedan RWD RT Plus 16 25 $28,725 $29,995
4-Door Sedan RWD Road/Track 16 25 $28,725 $29,995
4-Door Sedan RWD RT Max 16 25 $28,725 $29,995
4-Door Sedan AWD RT Plus 15 23 $30,887 $32,345
4-Door Sedan AWD RT 15 23 $30,887 $32,345
4-Door Sedan AWD SXT Plus 18 27 $29,599 $30,945
4-Door Sedan AWD SXT 18 27 $29,599 $30,945
4-Door Sedan AWD RT Max 15 23 $30,887 $32,345
4-Door Sedan RWD SRT8 14 23 $44,281 $45,925
4-Door Sedan RWD SRT8 Super Bee 14 23 $40,325 $41,625
Pricing
Invoice Price
$29,695
$24,677
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$32,420
$25,595
Monthly Payment Estimate
$540 / month
$427 / month
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 Nissan Maxima is a great pick if you want a stylish, sporty, comfortable, and lavishly trimmed sedan; serious sport-sedan enthusiasts should look elsewhere, however. Cue the Springsteen: Blue-collar virtues get the hero treatment in the 2012 Dodge Charger.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 19 mpg 18 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 26 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Large Car
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in) 34.6 40.1
Front Head Room (in) 38.5 38.6
Second Hip Room (in) 53.9 56.1
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.3 59.5
Passenger Volume (ft³) 95.8 104.7
Second Head Room (in) 36.4 37.9
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 57.7
Front Leg Room (in) 43.8 41.8
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 53.4 56.2
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) 27.2 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.2 74.2
Track Width, Front (in) 62.4 63.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.6 5.0
Length, Overall (in) 190.6 200.3
Height, Overall (in) 57.8 58.2
Track Width, Rear (in) 62.4 63.8
Wheelbase (in) 109.3 120.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 14.2 16.3
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.6 x 1.10 12.6 x 1.1
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) 12.1 x 0.6 12.6 x 0.4
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 19.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.6 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 40.0 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.2 14.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.4 37.7
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr rack & pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P245/45VR18 P215/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code NA TW1
Front Tire Size P245/45VR18 P215/65R17
Spare Tire Size T145/80D17 Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA TW1
Spare Tire Order Code NA TBG
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3540 3961
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.0 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8.0 17 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 9.6 14.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 550 730
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 130 160
Engine
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 261 @ 4400 260 @ 4800
Engine Order Code NA ERB
Displacement 3.5L/- TBD - 3.6L/220
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 290 @ 6400 292 @ 6350
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 22 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 18
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Continuously Variable Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) - TBD - 3.59
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) NA 1.41
Trans Type 1 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.83
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 1.76 3.16
Second Gear Ratio (:1) NA 2.19
Trans Order Code NA DGJ
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 5.17 2.65
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - NA
Summary
Vehicle Name Nissan Maxima Dodge Charger
Body Style 4 Door Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.8 0.6
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.0 1.1
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Strut - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.5 8.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 4
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
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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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