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2009 Nissan Maxima 2009 Lexus ES 2009 Acura TL
     
4dr Sdn V6 CVT 3.5 S
  • 4dr Sdn V6 CVT 3.5 S
  • 4dr Sdn V6 CVT 3.5 SV
4dr Sdn
  • 4dr Sdn
2WD
  • 2WD
  • SH-AWD
  • 2WD w/Technology Package
  • SH-AWD w/Technology Package
  • SH-AWD w/Technology Package and HPT

Prices

MSRP $30,160 $34,470 $34,955
Invoice $27,628 $31,253 $32,136
Avg. Paid $14,006 $16,795 $16,840

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.6 9.0 8.9
Critics' Rating 8.2 9.3 8.8
Performance 8.3 8.5 8.0
Interior 7.9 8.9 8.8
Operating Cost 7.7 7.6 7.4
Safety 9.8 9.1 10.0
Reliability 2.0 5.0 5.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Ample power
  • Spacious rear seat
  • High-quality, luxurious cabin
  • Comfortable seats
  • Smooth, refined engine
  • Exceptional reliability
  • Good handling in AWD models
  • Upscale, modern interior
  • Comfortable seats
  • Stellar safety and reliability scores
Cons
  • Not as agile as most sport sedans
  • Some complaints about front-seat comfort
  • Too isolated and soft for some
  • Low safety ratings
  • Button-heavy center stack may be confusing for some
  • Polarizing looks

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front-Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 3.5L/- TBD - Gas V6 3.5L/210 Gas V6 3.5L/- TBD -
MPG 19 City / 26 Hwy 19 City / 27 Hwy 18 City / 26 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 109.3 109.3 109.3
Length, Overall (in) 190.6 191.1 195.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.2 71.7 74.0
Height, Overall (in) 57.8 57.1 57.2

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Standard Standard Standard
Panoramic Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard Standard Standard
Sunroof Sunshield Standard Standard
Rear Spoiler Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3557 3580 3708

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Full Size Spare Tire Optional
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Optional

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard Standard
HID headlights Optional Standard
Keyless Start Standard Standard
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Optional Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Optional
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Standard Standard
Rear Floor Mats Optional Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard Standard Standard
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Optional Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 96.2 95.4 98.2
Front Head Room (in) 38.5 37.4 38.4
Front Leg Room (in) 43.8 42.2 42.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.3 57.3 58.1
Front Hip Room (in) 53.4 55.9 55.7
Second Head Room (in) 36.4 36.8 36.7
Second Leg Room (in) 34.6 35.9 36.2
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 56.3 56.2
Second Hip Room (in) 53.9 52.8 54.8
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 14.2 14.7 13.1

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
Cassette Optional
CD Changer Standard Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Standard
Premium Sound System Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard Standard
Dual Zone A/C Standard Standard Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Standard

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard
Leather Seats Optional Standard
Cooled Driver Seat Optional
Cooled Passenger Seat Optional
Heated Driver Seat Optional Standard
Heated Passenger Seat Optional Standard
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard
Seat Memory Optional Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Optional

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Auto-On Headlights Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas V6
Displacement 3.5L/- TBD - 3.5L/210 3.5L/- TBD -
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 290 @ 6400 272 @ 6200 280 @ - TBD -
Torque (Net @ RPM) 261 @ 4400 254 @ 4700 254 @ - TBD -
Transmission Continuously Variable Automatic Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 37.4 36.7 19.2

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 19 18 (Est)
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 27 26 (Est)
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 20.0 18.5 18.5

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Independent strut Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-link Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Dual-Link Multi-Link

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Automatic Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard
Continuously Variable Trans Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.