Compare 2012 Acura TL vs 2012 Nissan Maxima

2012 Acura TL
2012 Nissan Maxima
Add Vehicle
Select style
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
Select style
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
$29,695

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$35,705
$32,420

Monthly Payment Estimate

$595 / month
$540 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

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. 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.

TCC Likes

TCC Dislikes

Fuel Economy

City

20 mpg 19 mpg

Highway

29 mpg 26 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Mid-Size Mid-Size

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

54.8 53.9

Front Shoulder Room (in)

58.2 56.3

Passenger Volume (ft³)

98.2 95.8

Second Head Room (in)

36.7 36.4

Second Shoulder Room (in)

56.2 55.1

Front Leg Room (in)

42.5 43.8

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Front Hip Room (in)

55.7 53.4

Second Leg Room (in)

36.2 34.6

Front Head Room (in)

38.4 38.5

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

63.2 62.4

Min Ground Clearance (in)

6.1 5.6

Length, Overall (in)

194.0 190.6

Height, Overall (in)

57.2 57.8

Track Width, Rear (in)

63.8 62.4

Wheelbase (in)

109.3 109.3

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - 27.2

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

74.0 73.2

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

13.1 14.2

Brakes

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)

13.2 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)

12.6 x - TBD - 12.6 x 1.10

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

18.5 20.0

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

- TBD - 15.2

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

38.4 37.4

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

- TBD - 2.6

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - 40.0

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P245/50VR17 P245/45VR18

Spare Tire Size

- TBD - T145/80D17

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P245/50VR17 P245/45VR18

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA 100

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

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3726 3540

Wheels

Front Wheel Size (in)

17 x 8.0 18 x 8.0

Spare Wheel Size (in)

- TBD - Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

17 x 8.0 18 x 8.0

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

- TBD - Steel

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

- TBD - 9.6

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - 550

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

- TBD - 130

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

254 @ 5000 261 @ 4400

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Displacement

3.5L/212 3.5L/- TBD -

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

280 @ 6200 290 @ 6400

Engine Type

Gas V6 Gas V6

Fuel System

Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

29 26

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

20 19

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

23 22

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.49 NA

Trans Type

6 1

Drivetrain

Front-Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.75 NA

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

2.27 1.76

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.10 NA

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.72 5.17

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.07 NA

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic Continuously Variable

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.56 NA

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.36 - TBD -

Summary

Vehicle Name

Acura TL Nissan Maxima

Body Style

4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

1.18 1.0

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-Link Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

NA w/Coil Springs

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

Double Wishbone Strut

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

0.75 0.8

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

NA w/Coil Springs

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

4 5

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

8.1 8.5

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

Get FREE Dealer Quotes

From dealers near you
Go!

Add a Vehicle to Compare

Select a vehicle below
Please choose a make.
Please choose a model.
Please choose a year.
Continue