Compare 2009 Nissan Maxima vs 2003 Volkswagen Passat

2009 Nissan Maxima
2003 Volkswagen Passat
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4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S 19 26 $27,628 $30,160
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SV 19 26 $30,097 $32,860
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SV w/Premium Pkg 19 26 $30,097 $32,860
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SV w/Sport Pkg 19 26 $30,097 $32,860
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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
$27,628
$19,790
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,160
$21,750
Monthly Payment Estimate
$503 / month
$363 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The stylish 2009 Nissan Maxima has the looks—and acceleration specs—of a sport sedan but lacks the high-performance driving feel to match.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
53.9 56.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 55.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
36.4 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
43.8 41.5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.4 57.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.2 95
Second Leg Room (in)
34.6 35.3
Front Head Room (in)
38.5 39.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
62.4 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.6 5.8
Length, Overall (in)
190.6 185.2
Height, Overall (in)
57.8 57.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.4 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
109.3 106.4
Liftover Height (in)
27.2 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.2 68.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.2 15
Brakes
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)
12.13 x 0.63 9.6 x 0.39
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.60 x 1.10 11.3 x 0.98
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20.0 16.4
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.2 14.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 37.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.6 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
40.0 - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/45VR18 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact P195/65HR15
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/45VR18 P195/65HR15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 N/A
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3557 3212
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 15 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 15 x 6
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 15 x 6
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.6 7.1
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6400 170 @ 5900
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
261 @ 4400 166 @ 1950
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/- TBD - 1.8L/109
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 31
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.77 3.44
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.18
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.17 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)
NA - 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
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sdn
Vehicle Name
Nissan Maxima Volkswagen Passat
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.00 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Torsion Beam
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent strut Four-link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.83 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 -

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