Compare 2012 Nissan Maxima vs 2012 Volkswagen CC

2012 Nissan Maxima
2012 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 $29,695 $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 Manual Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual Sport 21 31 $27,345 $28,515
4-Door Sedan Manual Sport PZEV 21 31 $27,345 $28,515
4-Door Sedan DSG Sport 22 31 $28,401 $29,615
4-Door Sedan DSG Sport PZEV 22 31 $28,401 $29,615
4-Door Sedan Manual R-Line 21 31 $29,211 $30,460
4-Door Sedan Manual R-Line PZEV 21 31 $29,211 $30,460
4-Door Sedan Lux 22 31 $30,131 $31,420
4-Door Sedan Lux PZEV 22 31 $30,131 $31,420
4-Door Sedan DSG R-Line 22 31 $30,266 $31,560
4-Door Sedan DSG R-Line PZEV 22 31 $30,266 $31,560
4-Door Sedan Lux Plus 22 31 $32,476 $33,865
4-Door Sedan Lux Plus PZEV 22 31 $32,476 $33,865
4-Door Sedan Lux Limited 22 31 $33,243 $34,665
4-Door Sedan Lux Limited PZEV 22 31 $33,243 $34,665
4-Door Sedan Executive 4Motion 17 25 $38,734 $40,390
Pricing
Invoice Price
$29,695
$27,345
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$32,420
$28,515
Monthly Payment Estimate
$540 / month
$475 / 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. Value-minded sedan shoppers who are willing to sacrifice a little practicality in the name of style will find a lot to like in the 2012 Volkswagen CC.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 54.7
Front Leg Room (in)
43.8 41.6
Passenger Capacity
5 4
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
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
57.8 55.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.4 61.4
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.2 13.0
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.1 x 0.6 11.1 x - TBD -
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 12.3 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20.0 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 37.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion
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
Tires
Spare Tire Size
T145/80D17 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
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
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3540 3300
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
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)
Compact Compact
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
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6400 200 @ 5100-6000
Engine Type
Gas V6 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection DI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
261 @ 4400 207 @ 1700-5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/- TBD - 2.0L/121
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 31
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.11
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.76 3.99
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.09
Trans Order Code
NA NA
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
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Nissan Maxima Volkswagen CC
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Strut McPherson concept
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.8 NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.0 NA
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link 4-link fully independent
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.5 7.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 5
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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