Compare 2008 Volkswagen Passat Sedan vs 2008 Nissan Altima

2008 Volkswagen Passat Sedan
2008 Nissan Altima
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4-Door Manual FWD Turbo
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual FWD Turbo 21 29 $22,359 $23,990
4-Door Automatic FWD Turbo 19 28 $23,432 $25,065
4-Door Automatic FWD Komfort 19 28 $26,064 $27,900
4-Door Automatic FWD Lux 19 28 $28,107 $30,100
4-Door Automatic FWD VR6 17 26 $33,597 $36,050
4-Door Automatic 4Motion VR6 16 24 $35,556 $38,000
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,359
$18,243
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,990
$18,620
Monthly Payment Estimate
$400 / month
$310 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Volkswagen Passat is a roomy, comfortable mid-size sedan that feels sportier and more luxurious than most. The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 56.8
Second Leg Room (in)
37.7 35.8
Front Head Room (in)
38.4 40.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.3 100.7
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 55.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 36.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.6 55.5
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 44.1
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 27.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.7 70.7
Track Width, Front (in)
61.1 60.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.2 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
188.2 189.8
Height, Overall (in)
58.0 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.1 60.8
Wheelbase (in)
106.7 109.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.2 15.3
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.5 x - TBD - 11.7 x 1.02
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)
12.0 x - TBD - 11.5 x 0.35
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 20.0
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 2.83
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.8 36.1
Steering Type
Electromechanical Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P215/55HR16 P215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/55HR16 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size
P215/55HR16 T135/90D16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3206 3112
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.6 8.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 110
Engine
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.5L/152
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 5100-6000 175 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas Turbocharged I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
SFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
207 @ 1800-5000 180 @ 3900
Engine Order Code
NA QR25
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 23
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.47 1.39
Trans Type
6 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.11 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.99 3.37
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.09 1.95
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.94/3.09 3.81
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.10 1.06
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.93 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.36 3.50
Summary
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Passat Sedan Nissan Altima
Body Style
4 Door Sdn 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.68
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.86
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
4-link w/Coil Springs

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