Compare 2012 Volkswagen CC vs 2012 Nissan Maxima

2012 Volkswagen CC
2012 Nissan Maxima
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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
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,345
$29,695
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$28,515
$32,420
Monthly Payment Estimate
$475 / month
$540 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 53.4
Second Leg Room (in)
37.3 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
37.4 38.5
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 53.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.0 56.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94 95.8
Second Head Room (in)
36.6 36.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.6 43.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.4 62.4
Wheelbase (in)
106.7 109.3
Liftover Height (in)
NA 27.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.0 73.2
Track Width, Front (in)
61.1 62.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.0 5.6
Length, Overall (in)
188.9 190.6
Height, Overall (in)
55.8 57.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.0 14.2
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x - TBD - 12.1 x 0.6
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)
12.3 x - TBD - 12.6 x 1.10
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 20.0
Steering
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 40.0
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 15.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 37.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/45R17 P245/45VR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/45R17 P245/45VR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact T145/80D17
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3300 3540
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 18 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 9.6
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 130
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550
Engine
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas V6
Fuel System
DI Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
207 @ 1700-5000 261 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 3.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 5100-6000 290 @ 6400
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 19
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.99 1.76
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.09 NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.94/3.09 5.17
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.10 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Continuously Variable
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.93 NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.36 - TBD -
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.47 NA
Trans Type
6 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.11 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen CC Nissan Maxima
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
McPherson concept Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA 0.8
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA 1.0
Suspension Type - Rear
4-link fully independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.6 8.5
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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