Compare 2008 Acura TL vs 2009 Nissan Maxima

2008 Acura TL
2009 Nissan Maxima
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4-Door Sedan Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
TL 4-Door Sedan Automatic 18 26 $31,007 $33,725
TL 4-Door Sedan Automatic Nav 18 26 $33,300 $36,225
TL 4-Door Sedan Automatic Type-S 17 26 $35,134 $38,225
TL 4-Door Sedan Automatic Type-S HPT 17 26 $35,317 $38,425
TL 4-Door Sedan Manual Type-S 18 27 $35,134 $38,225
TL 4-Door Sedan Manual Type-S HPT 18 27 $35,317 $38,425
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4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Maxima 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S 19 26 $27,628 $30,160
Maxima 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SV 19 26 $30,097 $32,860
Maxima 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SV w/Premium Pkg 19 26 $30,097 $32,860
Maxima 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SV w/Sport Pkg 19 26 $30,097 $32,860
Pricing
Invoice Price
$31,007
$27,628
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,725
$30,160
Monthly Payment Estimate
$562 / month
$503 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Acura TL is a "nice" car that's well equipped in every category except personality. The stylish 2009 Nissan Maxima has the looks—and acceleration specs—of a sport sedan but lacks the high-performance driving feel to match.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
34.9 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 38.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.9 96.2
Second Hip Room (in)
53.8 53.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.3 56.3
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 36.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.8 43.8
Front Hip Room (in)
55.6 53.4
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 27.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.2 73.2
Track Width, Front (in)
62.1 62.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.8 5.6
Length, Overall (in)
189.3 190.6
Height, Overall (in)
56.7 57.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.0 62.4
Wheelbase (in)
107.9 109.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.5 14.2
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x 1.1 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)
11.1 x .35 12.13 x 0.63
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.1 20.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 40.0
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.4 15.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.7 37.4
Steering Type
Variable Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 2.6
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P235/45WR17 P245/45VR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/45WR17 P245/45VR18
Spare Tire Size
T135/80R16 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3623 3557
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8 18 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.5 9.6
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 130
Engine
Displacement
3.2L/196 3.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
258 @ 6200 290 @ 6400
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
PGM-FI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
233 @ 5000 261 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 22
Transmission
Trans Type
5 1
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.49 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.89 1.77
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.61 NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.31 5.17
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Continuously Variable
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.70 2.37 - 0.44
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.07 NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Acura TL Nissan Maxima
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.72 0.83
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.07 1.00
Suspension Type - Rear
Double-Wishbone Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Wishbone Independent strut
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 6

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