Compare 2008 Dodge Charger vs 2009 Nissan Maxima

2008 Dodge Charger
2009 Nissan Maxima
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4-Door Sedan R/T AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Charger 4-Door Sedan R/T AWD 15 22 $31,094 $33,715
Charger 4-Door Sedan R/T RWD 15 23 $29,204 $31,615
Charger 4-Door Sedan RWD 18 26 $21,009 $22,510
Charger 4-Door Sedan SRT8 RWD 13 18 $34,679 $37,215
Charger 4-Door Sedan SXT AWD 15 22 $26,756 $28,895
Charger 4-Door Sedan SXT RWD 17 24 $24,641 $26,545
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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
$31,094
$27,628
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,715
$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 Dodge Charger sedan has plenty of practicality and character--and thirst, with the big HEMI engines. 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
15 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
57.6 53.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.3 56.3
Second Head Room (in)
36.2 36.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.6 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 43.8
Front Hip Room (in)
56.2 53.4
Second Leg Room (in)
40.2 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 38.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
104.0 96.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
63.0 62.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.1 5.6
Length, Overall (in)
200.1 190.6
Height, Overall (in)
58.2 57.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.1 62.4
Wheelbase (in)
120.0 109.3
Liftover Height (in)
30.1 27.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.5 73.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.2 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)
12.6 x 0.4 12.13 x 0.63
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 1.1 12.60 x 1.10
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.0 20.0
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 15.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.9 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
TWS NA
Front Tire Size
P225/60R18 P245/45VR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
TWS NA
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/60R18 P245/45VR18
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4169 3557
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 18 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 9.6
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
160 130
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
625 550
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
335 @ 5000 290 @ 6400
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas V6
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
375 @ 4000 261 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
EZB NA
Displacement
5.7L/345 3.5L/- TBD -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 22
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.17 1.77
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.19 NA
Trans Order Code
DGJ NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.07 5.17
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Continuously Variable
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.59 2.37 - 0.44
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 NA
Trans Type
5 1
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83 NA
Summary
Body Style
4dr Sdn 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Dodge Charger Nissan Maxima
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.00
Suspension Type - Rear
5-Link Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.83
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 6

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