Compare 2010 Nissan Altima vs 2010 Volkswagen Passat

2010 Nissan Altima
2010 Volkswagen Passat
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2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 31 $21,973 $23,440
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 32 $21,505 $22,940
Altima 2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SR 19 26 $25,732 $27,770
Altima 2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SR 18 27 $27,888 $30,100
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 23 32 $19,078 $19,900
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $20,476 $21,840
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $20,476 $21,840
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 eCVT Hybrid 35 33 $25,097 $26,780
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SR 19 26 $22,727 $24,520
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4-Door DSG Komfort FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Passat Sedan 4-Door DSG Komfort FWD 22 31 $25,412 $27,195
Passat Sedan 4-Door DSG Komfort FWD PZEV 22 31 $25,412 $27,195
Passat Sedan 4-Door DSG Komfort FWD SULEV 22 31 $25,277 $26,995
Passat Wagon 4-Door Automatic Komfort FWD 22 31 $26,861 $28,755
Passat Wagon 4-Door Automatic Komfort FWD PZEV 22 31 $26,861 $28,755
Passat Wagon 4-Door Automatic Komfort FWD SULEV 22 31 $26,526 $28,395
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,973
$25,412
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,440
$27,195
Monthly Payment Estimate
$391 / month
$453 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.0
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. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
35.6 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.4 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.5 41.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.2 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
34.4 37.7
Front Head Room (in)
39.7 38.4
Second Hip Room (in)
47.6 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 55.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
89.7 96.3
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.1 5.2
Length, Overall (in)
182.5 188.2
Height, Overall (in)
55.3 58.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 61.1
Wheelbase (in)
105.3 106.7
Liftover Height (in)
26.2 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.7 71.7
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 61.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
7.4 14.2
Brakes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.5 x 0.35 11.0 x - TBD -
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 12.3 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20.0 18.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.7 35.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Electromechanical
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.83 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P215/60R16 P235/45HR17
Spare Tire Size
T135/706 P235/45HR17
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60R16 P235/45HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3118 3331
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 17 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.0 7.6
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 140
Engine
Displacement
2.5L/- TBD - 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
175 @ 5600 200 @ 5100-6000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas Turbocharged I4
Fuel System
SMPI Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
180 @ 3900 207 @ 1800-5000
Engine Order Code
QR25DE NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 31
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.3
Trans Type
1 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.91
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.78 3.99
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.05
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.12 3.50
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.9
Trans Description Cont.
Continuously Variable Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.76
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.35 - 0.39 3.46
Summary
Vehicle Name
Nissan Altima Volkswagen Passat Sedan
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sdn
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.86 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs 4-link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.68 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 7
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.2 7.5

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