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
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.6 43.8
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
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
55.8 57.8
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
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 Size
Compact T145/80D17
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
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
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3300 3540
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
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
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
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 5100-6000 290 @ 6400
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 -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 26
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
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
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen CC Nissan Maxima
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
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
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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