Compare 2012 Acura TL vs 2012 Dodge Charger vs 2012 Nissan Maxima

2012 Acura TL
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2012 Dodge Charger
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2012 Nissan Maxima
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4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
TL 4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD 20 29 $33,526 $35,705
TL 4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD Advance 20 29 $39,015 $41,635
TL 4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD Tech 20 29 $36,979 $39,435
TL 4-Door Sedan Automatic SH-AWD 18 26 $36,812 $39,255
TL 4-Door Sedan Automatic SH-AWD Advance 18 26 $42,300 $45,185
TL 4-Door Sedan Automatic SH-AWD Tech 18 26 $40,264 $42,985
TL 4-Door Sedan Manual SH-AWD Tech 17 25 $40,264 $42,985
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4-Door Sedan RT AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Charger 4-Door Sedan RT AWD 15 23 $30,887 $32,345
Charger 4-Door Sedan RT Max AWD 15 23 $30,887 $32,345
Charger 4-Door Sedan RT Max RWD 16 25 $28,725 $29,995
Charger 4-Door Sedan RT Plus AWD 15 23 $30,887 $32,345
Charger 4-Door Sedan RT Plus RWD 16 25 $28,725 $29,995
Charger 4-Door Sedan RT RWD 16 25 $28,725 $29,995
Charger 4-Door Sedan Road/Track RWD 16 25 $28,725 $29,995
Charger 4-Door Sedan SE RWD 18 27 $24,677 $25,595
Charger 4-Door Sedan SRT8 RWD 14 23 $44,281 $45,925
Charger 4-Door Sedan SRT8 Super Bee RWD 14 23 $40,325 $41,625
Charger 4-Door Sedan SXT AWD 18 27 $29,599 $30,945
Charger 4-Door Sedan SXT Plus AWD 18 27 $29,599 $30,945
Charger 4-Door Sedan SXT Plus RWD 19 31 $27,437 $28,595
Charger 4-Door Sedan SXT RWD 19 31 $27,437 $28,595
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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 $29,695 $32,420
Maxima 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S w/Limited Edition Pkg 19 26 $29,695 $32,420
Maxima 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SV 19 26 $32,163 $35,120
Maxima 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SV w/Premium Pkg 19 26 $32,163 $35,120
Maxima 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SV w/Sport Pkg 19 26 $32,163 $35,120
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,526
$30,887
$29,695
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$35,705
$32,345
$32,420
Monthly Payment Estimate
$595 / month
$539 / month
$540 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.0
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Acura TL is a surprisingly well-rounded luxury sedan, with a host of advanced tech features, and in top SH-AWD trim morphs into a complete and compelling sport sedan. Cue the Springsteen: Blue-collar virtues get the hero treatment in the 2012 Dodge Charger. 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
20 mpg 15 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 23 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Large Car Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.2 57.7 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.5 41.8 43.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
55.7 56.2 53.4
Second Leg Room (in)
36.2 40.1 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
38.4 38.6 38.5
Second Hip Room (in)
54.8 56.1 53.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.2 59.5 56.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
98.2 104.7 95.8
Second Head Room (in)
36.7 37.9 36.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.8 63.8 62.4
Wheelbase (in)
109.3 120.2 109.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 27.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.0 74.2 73.2
Track Width, Front (in)
63.2 63.4 62.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.1 4.9 5.6
Length, Overall (in)
194.0 200.3 190.6
Height, Overall (in)
57.2 58.2 57.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.1 16.3 14.2
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.2 x - TBD - 12.6 x 0.9 12.1 x 0.6
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x - TBD - 13.6 x 1.0 12.6 x 1.10
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 19.5 20.0
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.1 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - 40.0
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 16.5 15.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.4 38.7 37.4
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
NA TDX NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA TBK NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/50VR17 P235/55R19 P245/45VR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA TDX NA
Front Tire Size
P245/50VR17 P235/55R19 P245/45VR18
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - Compact T145/80D17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3726 4450 3540
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 19 x 7.5 18 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 19 x 7.5 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 14.0 9.6
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 160 130
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 730 550
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V8 Gas V6
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
254 @ 5000 395 @ 4200 261 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA EZH NA
Displacement
3.5L/212 5.7L/345 3.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
280 @ 6200 370 @ 5250 290 @ 6400
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 15 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 18 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 23 26
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.27 3.16 1.76
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.10 2.19 NA
Trans Order Code
NA DGJ NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.72 3.06 5.17
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.07 1.00 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic Continuously Variable
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.56 NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.36 3.59 - TBD -
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.49 1.41 NA
Trans Type
6 5 1
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 0.83 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA -
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA -
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Acura TL Dodge Charger Nissan Maxima
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone - TBD - Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 0.6 0.8
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.18 1.3 1.0
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link - TBD - Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.1 10.4 8.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 3 5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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