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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan
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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
4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SE
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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
Dealer Price Quotes
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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
Fuel Economy - City 17 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 25 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Large Sedan Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 58.0 54.8
Front Shoulder Room (in) 59.1 57.9
Passenger Capacity 5 5
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
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 62.7 61.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 5.5
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 17.5 15.5
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 19.0 20.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 16.2
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
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code R1L - TBD -
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
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 150
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3885 3591
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8 18 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 x 8 18 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 10.8 8.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 110
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 256 @ 6300 255 @ 6000
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 20 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 25 25
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Pontiac G8 Nissan Maxima
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 -
 
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