Compare 2010 Volkswagen Passat Sedan vs 2010 Nissan Altima

2010 Volkswagen Passat Sedan
2010 Nissan Altima
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4-Door DSG FWD SULEV Komfort
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door DSG FWD SULEV Komfort 22 31 $25,277 $26,995
4-Door DSG FWD Komfort 22 31 $25,412 $27,195
4-Door DSG FWD PZEV Komfort 22 31 $25,412 $27,195
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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$25,277
$19,078
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,995
$19,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$450 / month
$332 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
Whether as a sedan or wagon, the 2010 Volkswagen Passat handles family business, performing with more grace than most mid-size models, with an understated stylishness shining through. 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
22 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
31 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
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 52.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 55.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.3 100.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 36.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.6 55.5
Front Leg Room (in)
41.4 44.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.1 61.0
Wheelbase (in)
106.7 109.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 27.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.7 70.7
Track Width, Front (in)
61.1 61.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.2 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
188.2 190.7
Height, Overall (in)
58.0 58.0
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)
12.3 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)
11.0 x - TBD - 11.5 x 0.35
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 20.0
Steering
Steering Type
Electromechanical Pwr Rack & Pinion
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
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/45HR17 P215/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/45HR17 P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size
P235/45HR17 T135/906
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3331 3180
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Steel
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
Engine Type
Gas Turbocharged I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
207 @ 1800-5000 180 @ 3900
Engine Order Code
NA QR25DE
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
200 @ 5100-6000 175 @ 5600
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 23
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.05 NA
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.50 5.12
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.9 NA
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Continuously Variable
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.76 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.46 2.37 - 0.44
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.3 NA
Trans Type
6 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.91 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.99 1.78
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sdn 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Passat Sedan Nissan Altima
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
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 - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.86
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
4-link w/Coil Springs
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.5 6.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 7

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