Compare 2012 Audi A4 vs 2012 Nissan Maxima vs 2012 Volkswagen CC

2012 Audi A4
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2012 Nissan Maxima
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2012 Volkswagen CC
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4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium 22 30 $30,227 $32,500
4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Premium Plus 22 30 $30,227 $32,500
4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Prestige 22 30 $30,227 $32,500
4-Door Sedan Manual quattro 2.0T Premium 21 31 $30,970 $33,300
4-Door Sedan Manual quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 31 $30,970 $33,300
4-Door Sedan Manual quattro 2.0T Prestige 21 31 $30,970 $33,300
4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium 21 29 $32,178 $34,600
4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 29 $32,178 $34,600
4-Door Sedan Automatic quattro 2.0T Prestige 21 29 $32,178 $34,600
4-Door Avant Wagon Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium 21 29 $33,852 $36,400
4-Door Avant Wagon Automatic quattro 2.0T Premium Plus 21 29 $33,852 $36,400
4-Door Avant Wagon Automatic quattro 2.0T Prestige 21 29 $33,852 $36,400
4-Door Sedan Manual Premium Plus 18 27 $43,990 $47,300
4-Door Sedan Manual Prestige 18 27 $43,990 $47,300
4-Door Sedan S Tronic Premium Plus 18 28 $45,292 $48,700
4-Door Sedan S Tronic Prestige 18 28 $45,292 $48,700
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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
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4-Door Sedan Manual Sport PZEV
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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,227
$29,695
$27,345
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$32,500
$32,420
$28,515
Monthly Payment Estimate
$542 / month
$540 / month
$475 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
7.8
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Audi A4 provides an engaging driving experience, impressive in-cabin technology, and surprisingly great fuel efficiency—making it a good everyday driver among premium sedans. 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. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 19 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 26 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Mid-Size Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.3 55.1 54.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 43.8 41.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5 4
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 53.4 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
35.2 34.6 37.3
Front Head Room (in)
38.6 38.5 37.4
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 53.9 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.5 56.3 56.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
91 95.8 94
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 36.4 36.6
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
56.2 57.8 55.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.1 62.4 61.4
Wheelbase (in)
110.6 109.3 106.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 27.2 NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.9 73.2 73.0
Track Width, Front (in)
61.6 62.4 61.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.6 5.0
Length, Overall (in)
185.2 190.6 188.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.4 14.2 13.0
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x - TBD - 12.1 x 0.6 11.1 x - TBD -
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 - 12.6 x 1.10 12.3 x - TBD -
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)
16.9 20.0 18.5
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Electric Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.6 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 40.0 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.3 15.2 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.7 37.4 37.4
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact T145/80D17 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/45R17 P245/45VR18 P235/45R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/45R17 P245/45VR18 P235/45R17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3505 3540 3300
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8 18 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8 18 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 9.6 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 130 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
211 @ 4300 290 @ 6400 200 @ 5100-6000
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas V6 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection DI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 1500 261 @ 4400 207 @ 1700-5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 3.5L/- TBD - 2.0L/121
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 19 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 22 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 26 31
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.92 1.76 3.99
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA 2.09
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.18 5.17 3.94/3.09
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA 1.10
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously Variable Ratio Continuously Variable Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA 0.93
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.40-0.38 - TBD - 3.36
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA 1.47
Trans Type
1 1 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA 1.11
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- - NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - NA
Summary
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Audi A4 Nissan Maxima Volkswagen CC
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
5-Link Strut McPherson concept
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.8 NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.0 NA
Suspension Type - Rear
Trapezoidal Link Multi-Link 4-link fully independent
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.5 8.5 7.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 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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