Compare 2012 Buick Regal vs 2012 Hyundai Sonata vs 2012 Nissan Maxima

2012 Buick Regal
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2012 Hyundai Sonata
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4-Door Sedan Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Regal 4-Door Sedan Base 19 31 $25,972 $27,055
Regal 4-Door Sedan GS 20 32 $33,441 $34,835
Regal 4-Door Sedan Premium 1 19 31 $27,350 $28,490
Regal 4-Door Sedan Premium 2 19 31 $28,704 $29,900
Regal 4-Door Sedan Turbo Premium 1 18 29 $29,049 $30,260
Regal 4-Door Sedan Turbo Premium 2 18 29 $30,403 $31,670
Regal 4-Door Sedan Turbo Premium 3 18 29 $31,603 $32,920
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4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic Limited 22 34 $26,345 $28,195
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic Limited w/Wine Int 22 34 $26,345 $28,195
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SE 22 34 $23,400 $24,745
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS 24 35 $19,916 $20,795
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS PZEV 24 35 $19,916 $20,795
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Hybrid 34 39 $24,434 $25,850
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited 24 35 $24,725 $26,445
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited PZEV 24 35 $24,725 $26,445
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited PZEV w/Wine Int 24 35 $24,725 $26,445
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited w/Wine Int 24 35 $24,725 $26,445
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic SE 24 35 $21,952 $23,195
Sonata 4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS 24 35 $18,971 $19,795
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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
$25,972
$26,345
$29,695
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,055
$28,195
$32,420
Monthly Payment Estimate
$451 / month
$470 / month
$540 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
8.6
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
A new GS flavor rounds out the 2012 Buick Regal menu, and leaves an even sweeter taste in our mouths. After more than a decade on the market, the latest Hyundai Sonata's an overnight success--thanks to great gas mileage, grabby styling, and exceptional value for the dollar. 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
19 mpg 22 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 34 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Large Cars Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.7 57.9 56.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
98.0 103.8 95.8
Second Head Room (in)
36.8 37.2 36.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.4 56.7 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.1 45.5 43.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
55.4 55.2 53.4
Second Leg Room (in)
37.3 34.6 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
38.8 38.2 38.5
Second Hip Room (in)
52.3 54.9 53.9
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.5 5.6
Length, Overall (in)
190.2 189.8 190.6
Height, Overall (in)
58.4 57.9 57.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.5 62.5 62.4
Wheelbase (in)
107.8 110.0 109.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 27.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.1 72.2 73.2
Track Width, Front (in)
62.4 62.5 62.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.2 16.4 14.2
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.5 x - TBD - 11.2 x 0.4 12.1 x 0.6
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
- TBD - NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x - TBD - 11.8 x 1.1 12.6 x 1.10
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.0 18.5 20.0
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.2 14.5 15.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 35.8 37.4
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.68 2.94 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - 40.0
Tires
Front Tire Size
P235/50R18 P225/45R18 P245/45VR18
Spare Tire Size
16 T125/80D16 T145/80D17
Front Tire Order Code
QKE NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
P76 NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/50R18 P225/45R18 P245/45VR18
Rear Tire Order Code
QKE NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3600 3452 3540
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 18 x 7.5 18 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 18 x 7.5 18 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 2.8 9.6
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
512 - TBD - 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 110 130
Engine
Displacement
2.4L/145 2.0L/122 3.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
182 @ 6700 274 @ 6000 290 @ 6400
Engine Type
Gas/Ethanol I4 Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas V6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
172 @ 4900 269 @ 1750-4500 261 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
LEA NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 34 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 22 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 26 22
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.91 1.84 NA
Trans Type
6 6 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.84 3.39 1.76
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.96 2.83 NA
Trans Order Code
MH8 NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.23 2.89 5.17
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.39 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Automatic w/manual shift Continuously Variable
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 0.77 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.58 4.65 - TBD -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Buick Regal Hyundai Sonata Nissan Maxima
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.94 1.0
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.59 0.8
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 6 5
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.0 7.1 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

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