Compare 2008 Nissan Altima vs 2003 Volkswagen Passat

2008 Nissan Altima
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4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 23 32 $18,243 $18,620
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual ULEV 2.5 23 31 $18,243 $18,620
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $19,196 $20,470
4-Door Sedan I4 Manual ULEV 2.5 S 23 31 $19,196 $20,470
2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $19,644 $20,950
2-Door Coupe I4 Manual ULEV 2.5 S 23 32 $19,644 $20,950
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $19,663 $20,970
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $19,663 $20,970
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT ULEV 2.5 S 23 31 $19,663 $20,970
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT ULEV 2.5 SL 23 31 $19,663 $20,970
2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 31 $20,112 $21,450
2-Door Coupe I4 CVT ULEV 2.5 S 23 31 $20,112 $21,450
4-Door Sedan V6 Manual 3.5 SE 19 27 $22,681 $24,470
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $23,142 $24,970
2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SE 19 27 $23,495 $25,350
4-Door Sedan I4 eCVT Hybrid 35 33 $23,881 $25,480
2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SE 19 26 $23,956 $25,850
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SL 19 26 $26,565 $28,670
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4-Door Sedan Manual GL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual GL 22 31 $19,790 $21,750
4-Door Wagon Manual GL 22 31 $20,513 $22,550
4-Door Sedan Automatic GL 21 30 $20,863 $22,825
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 22 31 $20,816 $22,885
4-Door Wagon Automatic GL 21 30 $21,586 $23,625
4-Door Wagon Manual GLS 22 31 $21,538 $23,685
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 21 30 $21,889 $23,960
4-Door Wagon Automatic GLS 21 30 $22,611 $24,760
4-Door Sedan V6 Manual GLS 20 28 $23,074 $25,385
4-Door Wagon V6 Manual GLS 20 28 $23,797 $26,185
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic GLS 19 27 $24,147 $26,460
4-Door Wagon V6 Automatic GLS 19 27 $24,870 $27,260
4-Door Sedan V6 Manual GLX 20 28 $26,114 $28,750
4-Door Wagon V6 Manual GLX 20 28 $26,837 $29,550
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic GLX 19 27 $27,187 $29,825
4-Door Wagon V6 Automatic GLX 19 27 $27,910 $30,625
4-Door Sedan V6 4MOTION Automatic GLX 19 26 $29,016 $31,575
4-Door Wagon V6 4MOTION Automatic GLX 19 26 $29,739 $32,375
4-Door Sedan 4MOTION Automatic W8 18 25 $34,729 $37,900
4-Door Wagon 4MOTION Automatic W8 18 25 $35,452 $38,700
4-Door Sedan 4MOTION 6-spd Manual W8 17 24 $35,984 $39,400
4-Door Wagon 4MOTION 6-spd Manual W8 17 24 $36,706 $40,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,243
$19,790
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,620
$21,750
Monthly Payment Estimate
$310 / month
$363 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
TCC Likes
TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
56.8 57.7
Second Leg Room (in)
35.8 35.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.7 95
Front Head Room (in)
40.6 39.7
Second Hip Room (in)
52.5 56.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 55.8
Second Head Room (in)
36.8 37.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.5 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
44.1 41.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.8 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
109.3 106.4
Liftover Height (in)
27.6 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.7 68.7
Track Width, Front (in)
60.9 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.8
Length, Overall (in)
189.8 185.2
Height, Overall (in)
57.9 57.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.3 15
Brakes
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x 1.02 11.3 x 0.98
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)
11.5 x 0.35 9.6 x 0.39
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20.0 16.4
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.83 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 14.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.1 37.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R16 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60R16 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
T135/90D16 P195/65HR15
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 N/A
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3112 3212
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 15 x 6
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 15 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 15 x 6
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.0 7.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 90
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
180 @ 3900 166 @ 1950
Engine Order Code
QR25 NA
Displacement
2.5L/152 1.8L/109
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
175 @ 5600 170 @ 5900
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 22
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.50 3.78
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.39 1.43
Trans Type
6 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.37 3.44
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.95 2.18
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.81 3.70
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.06 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Nissan Altima Volkswagen Passat
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sdn
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Strut Four-link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.68 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.86 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Torsion Beam

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