Compare 2010 Nissan Altima vs 2003 Volkswagen Passat

2010 Nissan Altima
2003 Volkswagen Passat
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4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 23 32 $19,078 $19,900
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $20,476 $21,840
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $20,476 $21,840
2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $21,505 $22,940
2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 31 $21,973 $23,440
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SR 19 26 $22,727 $24,520
4-Door Sedan I4 eCVT Hybrid 35 33 $25,097 $26,780
2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SR 19 26 $25,732 $27,770
2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SR 18 27 $27,888 $30,100
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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
$19,078
$19,790
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,900
$21,750
Monthly Payment Estimate
$332 / month
$363 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2010 Nissan Altima remains one of the sportier choices among mid-size sedans, though if interior space matters, it might not feel as roomy as rivals.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.5 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
44.1 41.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
56.8 57.7
Second Leg Room (in)
35.8 35.3
Front Head Room (in)
40.6 39.7
Second Hip Room (in)
52.5 56.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 55.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.7 95
Second Head Room (in)
36.8 37.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.0 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)
61.0 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 5.8
Length, Overall (in)
190.7 185.2
Height, Overall (in)
58.0 57.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.3 15
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.5 x 0.35 9.6 x 0.39
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
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
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
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
T135/906 P195/65HR15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 N/A
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3180 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)
Compact 15 x 6
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.0 7.1
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
180 @ 3900 166 @ 1950
Engine Order Code
QR25DE NA
Displacement
2.5L/- TBD - 1.8L/109
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
175 @ 5600 170 @ 5900
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 31
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.78 3.44
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.18
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.12 3.70
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously Variable Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.37 - 0.44 3.78
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.43
Trans Type
1 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sdn
Vehicle Name
Nissan Altima Volkswagen Passat
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Torsion Beam
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - 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)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.86 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Independent
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.9 -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -

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