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Compare 2012 Dodge Charger vs 2012 Nissan Maxima

2012 Dodge Charger
2012 Nissan Maxima
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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
$30,887
$29,695
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$32,345
$32,420
Monthly Payment Estimate
$539 / month
$540 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
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
15 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Car Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
56.2 53.4
Second Leg Room (in)
40.1 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
38.6 38.5
Second Hip Room (in)
56.1 53.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.5 56.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
104.7 95.8
Second Head Room (in)
37.9 36.4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.7 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.8 43.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.8 62.4
Wheelbase (in)
120.2 109.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 27.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.2 73.2
Track Width, Front (in)
63.4 62.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.9 5.6
Length, Overall (in)
200.3 190.6
Height, Overall (in)
58.2 57.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.3 14.2
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.6 x 1.0 12.6 x 1.10
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 0.9 12.1 x 0.6
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.5 20.0
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.1 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 40.0
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.5 15.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.7 37.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
TBK NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/55R19 P245/45VR18
Rear Tire Order Code
TDX NA
Front Tire Size
P235/55R19 P245/45VR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact T145/80D17
Front Tire Order Code
TDX NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4450 3540
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x 7.5 18 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x 7.5 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
14.0 9.6
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
730 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
160 130
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas V6
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
395 @ 4200 261 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
EZH NA
Displacement
5.7L/345 3.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
370 @ 5250 290 @ 6400
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 19
Transmission
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.19 NA
Trans Order Code
DGJ NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.06 5.17
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Continuously Variable
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.59 - TBD -
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 NA
Trans Type
5 1
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.16 1.76
Summary
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Dodge Charger Nissan Maxima
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
- TBD - Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.6 0.8
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.3 1.0
Suspension Type - Rear
- TBD - Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
10.4 8.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
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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