Compare 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix vs 2008 Nissan Maxima

2008 Pontiac Grand Prix
2008 Nissan Maxima
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 18 28 $20,988 $22,210
4-Door Sedan GXP 16 25 $27,712 $29,325
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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
$20,988
$26,229
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,210
$28,630
Monthly Payment Estimate
$370 / month
$477 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix is roomy, comfortable, and quite enjoyable to drive, but it feels dated and is lacking in the details. 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
18 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 43.9
Front Hip Room (in)
54.5 53.5
Second Leg Room (in)
36.2 36.5
Front Head Room (in)
38.8 40.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
98.0 103.6
Second Hip Room (in)
54.3 54.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.0 57.9
Second Head Room (in)
36.2 37.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 56.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.3 61.2
Wheelbase (in)
110.5 111.2
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 29.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.6 71.7
Track Width, Front (in)
61.6 61.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
198.3 194.4
Height, Overall (in)
55.9 58.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.0 15.5
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.5 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)
11.7 x - TBD - 12.60 x 1.10
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
NA 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17 20.0
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.4 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
13.2 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 40.0
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P225/60R16 P245/45VR18
Rear Tire Order Code
QNX - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P225/60R16 P245/45VR18
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - T145/80R17
Front Tire Order Code
QNX - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3477 3591
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 18 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 18 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
11.2 8.8
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
230 @ 4000 252 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
L26 NA
Displacement
3.8L/231 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 5200 255 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
SFI SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 19
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.92 2.37 - 0.44
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA
Trans Type
4 1
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.38 1.77
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.56 NA
Trans Order Code
MX0 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.05 5.17
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.70 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Continously Variable
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Pontiac Grand Prix Nissan Maxima
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Independent NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Wide Track Independent strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.68 1.04
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Independent NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.79 0.87
Suspension Type - Rear
Wide Track Multi-link

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