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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan
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Trim

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
4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SE
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Trim

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
Dealer Price Quotes
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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
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 28 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
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
Front Leg Room (in) 42.2 43.9
Front Hip Room (in) 54.5 53.5
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.3 61.2
Wheelbase (in) 110.5 111.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 16.0 15.5
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17 20.0
Steering
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
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
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 -
Spare Tire Order Code NA - 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
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
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 18 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 11.2 8.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 110
Engine
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
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 230 @ 4000 252 @ 4400
Engine Order Code L26 NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 25
Transmission
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
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.92 2.37 - 0.44
Summary
Vehicle Name Pontiac Grand Prix Nissan Maxima
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
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
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Independent NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Wide Track Independent strut
 
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