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2012 Nissan Maxima
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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 $29,695 $32,420
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S w/Limited Edition Pkg 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/Premium Pkg 19 26 $32,163 $35,120
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SV w/Sport Pkg 19 26 $32,163 $35,120
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4-Door Sedan RWD SE
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 Road/Track 16 25 $28,725 $29,995
4-Door Sedan RWD RT 16 25 $28,725 $29,995
4-Door Sedan RWD RT Max 16 25 $28,725 $29,995
4-Door Sedan RWD RT Plus 16 25 $28,725 $29,995
4-Door Sedan AWD SXT 18 27 $29,599 $30,945
4-Door Sedan AWD SXT Plus 18 27 $29,599 $30,945
4-Door Sedan AWD RT 15 23 $30,887 $32,345
4-Door Sedan AWD RT Max 15 23 $30,887 $32,345
4-Door Sedan AWD RT Plus 15 23 $30,887 $32,345
4-Door Sedan RWD SRT8 Super Bee 14 23 $40,325 $41,625
4-Door Sedan RWD SRT8 14 23 $44,281 $45,925
Pricing
Invoice Price
$29,695
$24,677
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$32,420
$25,595
Monthly Payment Estimate
$540 / month
$427 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.0
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
City
19 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Large Car
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
57.8 58.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.4 63.8
Wheelbase (in)
109.3 120.2
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.2 16.3
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20.0 19.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 37.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr rack & pinion
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
Tires
Spare Tire Size
T145/80D17 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA TW1
Spare Tire Order Code
NA TBG
Rear Tire Size
P245/45VR18 P215/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA TW1
Front Tire Size
P245/45VR18 P215/65R17
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3540 3961
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 17 x 7.0
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
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
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6400 292 @ 6350
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 27
Transmission
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
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
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Nissan Maxima Dodge Charger
Suspension
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 -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.8 0.6
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 4
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.5 8.7
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
Rollover Rating

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