2011 Nissan
Maxima SV
vs. 2012 Acura
TL

2012 Acura TL

10.0

Winner

Acura TL

starting from

$43,770

Reasons to buy the Acura TL

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Average number of gears
6
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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
2011 Nissan Maxima SV

9.4

Runner-up

Nissan Maxima SV

starting from

$35,210

Reasons to buy the Nissan Maxima SV

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Has continuously-variable transmission
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Folding rear seats
Standard
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Good range in the city
380 miles
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CD changer
Standard
Performance 10.0 vs 8.0
2012 Acura TL Winner: TL
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  • The TL has 6 more gears, which can improve performance, 6 vs Continuously variable
  • The TL comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Maxima SV
  • All-wheel drive provides better traction off-road and in poor weather, all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.4
2012 Acura TL Winner: TL
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  • The TL 's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the Maxima SV
  • The TL has 1 more speaker, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 9
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
2012 Acura TL Winner: TL
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
Practicality 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Winner: Maxima SV
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  • The Maxima SV's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the TL
  • The Maxima SV has 2 more cupholders, 6 vs 4
  • A single tank lasts around 10% longer, 520 miles vs 481 miles
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Child door locks come standard
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
Missing information
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Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.4

Performance

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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Horsepower 305 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 290 HP @ 6,400 RPM Fairly powerful
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Number of gears 6 vs Continuously variable The TL has an OK number of gears, while the Maxima SV has very few
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The TL 's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Standard vs Not Available The TL comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Maxima SV
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 13.1 lb/hp vs 12.3 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The TL 's drivetrain is well-equipped for driving off-road or in poor weather, but the Maxima SV is not
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.4 ft vs 37.4 ft The Maxima SV is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the TL is quite bad

Entertainment System

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TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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Number of speakers 10 vs 9 More speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Standard Both come standard with satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The TL has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Standard vs Optional Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the Maxima SV

Cost

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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MSRP $43,770 vs $35,210 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 19 mpg The Maxima SV has OK city mileage, while the TL is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The TL 's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Maxima SV's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The TL 's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Maxima SV's is very short

Practicality

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TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 481 miles vs 520 miles The Maxima SV has good highway range and the TL is reasonable
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Cargo space 12.5 ft3 vs 14.2 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.0 ft3 vs 54.9 ft3 Both have spacious front seats
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Standard The Maxima SV's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the TL
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Standard vs Optional The TL 's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the Maxima SV
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Cupholders 4 vs 6 The Maxima SV has a good number of cupholders, but the TL is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system AcuraLink vs None

Luxury Features

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TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs 5 stars
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

Acura
TL
2012 Acura TL
2011 Nissan Maxima SV Nissan
Maxima SV
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0-60 mph 6.8 seconds vs 6.2 seconds The Maxima SV has a good 0-60 time, but the TL is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 128 ft vs 128 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 15.3 s @ 96 mph vs 14.7 s @ 99 mph The Maxima SV's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the TL 's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.9 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 130 mph vs Unknown

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2011 Nissan Maxima SV 2012 Volkswagen CC Lux Maxima SV vs CC Lux
2012 Acura TL 2011 Acura TSX TL vs TSX
2012 Acura TL 2011 Lexus IS 350 TL vs IS 350
2012 Acura TL 2011 Toyota Camry XLE TL vs Camry XLE
2012 Acura TL 2011 BMW 328i TL vs 328i
2012 Acura TL 2012 Infiniti M37x TL vs M37x

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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hillbilly (11:53 PM, April 27, 2012)
If number of gears is something important, then a CVT has an "infinite" number of gears.  Hence by any sensible definition the Maxima wins "number of gears".  CVT may be crap, but lack of gears is not really the reason.