Compare 2009 Pontiac G8 vs 2008 Nissan Maxima

2009 Pontiac G8
2008 Nissan Maxima
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 17 25 $26,978 $28,250
4-Door Sedan GT 15 24 $30,326 $31,755
4-Door Sedan GXP 13 20 $35,917 $37,610
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4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SE 19 25 $26,229 $28,630
4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SL 19 25 $28,286 $30,880
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,978
$26,229
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$28,250
$28,630
Monthly Payment Estimate
$471 / month
$477 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The G8 gives Pontiac real sport-sedan credentials and hits the mark with only minor faults. The 2008 Nissan Maxima is a bit more aesthetically appealing than a top-of-the-line Altima or Accord, but it doesn’t perform any better.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Sedan Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
38.0 37.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
59.1 56.5
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 43.9
Front Hip Room (in)
56.7 53.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
107.0 103.6
Second Leg Room (in)
39.4 36.5
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 40.1
Second Hip Room (in)
58.0 54.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.1 57.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
196.1 194.4
Height, Overall (in)
57.7 58.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.3 61.2
Wheelbase (in)
114.8 111.2
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 29.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.8 71.7
Track Width, Front (in)
62.7 61.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
17.5 15.5
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.89 x - TBD - 11.50 x 0.35
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.73 x - TBD - 12.60 x 1.10
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.0 20.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 40.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 16.2
Tires
Front Tire Size
P245/45R18 P245/45VR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact T145/80R17
Front Tire Order Code
R1L - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P245/45R18 P245/45VR18
Rear Tire Order Code
R1L - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3885 3591
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8 18 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8 18 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.8 8.8
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
SFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
248 @ 2100 252 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
LY7 NA
Displacement
3.6L/217 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
256 @ 6300 255 @ 6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 19
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.92 5.17
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Continously Variable
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.42 2.37 - 0.44
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.60 NA
Trans Type
5 1
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.02 1.77
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.21 NA
Trans Order Code
M82 NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Pontiac G8 Nissan Maxima
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.87
Suspension Type - Rear
Performance Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
4-link independent NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Performance Independent strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 1.04
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson strut NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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