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Selected Style 4-Door DSG Komfort FWD SULEV *Ltd Avail*
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door DSG FWD Komfort 22 31 $25,412 $27,195
4-Door DSG FWD SULEV Komfort 22 31 $25,277 $26,995
4-Door DSG FWD PZEV Komfort 22 31 $25,412 $27,195
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
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
2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SR 18 27 $27,888 $30,100
2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SR 19 26 $25,732 $27,770
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 eCVT Hybrid 35 33 $25,097 $26,780
4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SR 19 26 $22,727 $24,520
4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $20,476 $21,840
Pricing
Invoice Price
$25,277
$19,078
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,995
$19,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$450 / month
$332 / month
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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
Fuel Economy - City 22 mpg 23 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 31 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Midsize
Interior Dimensions
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
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 56.8
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.1 61.0
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) 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
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 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
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3331 3180
Wheels
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
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 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
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
Engine Type Gas Turbocharged I4 Gas I4
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
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
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.05 NA
Trans Order Code NA NA
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sdn 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Volkswagen Passat Sedan Nissan Altima
Suspension
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
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.5 6.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 7
 
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