Compare 2012 Nissan Altima vs 2012 Volkswagen Passat

2012 Nissan Altima
2012 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 32 $23,096 $24,640
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 Manual 2.5 S 23 31 $22,534 $24,040
Altima 2-Door Coupe V6 CVT 3.5 SR 20 27 $26,842 $28,970
Altima 2-Door Coupe V6 Manual 3.5 SR 18 27 $28,904 $31,200
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 23 32 $19,699 $20,550
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 S 23 32 $21,290 $22,710
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5 SL 23 32 $21,290 $22,710
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 SR 20 27 $23,697 $25,570
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4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SE w/Sunroof
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SE w/Sunroof 30 40 $26,752 $27,895
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SE w/Sunroof & Nav 30 40 $28,286 $29,495
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SEL Premium 30 40 $30,876 $32,195
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L Manual TDI SE 31 43 $24,929 $25,995
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S 22 31 $20,802 $21,690
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S PZEV 22 31 $20,802 $21,690
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S w/Appearance 22 31 $21,760 $22,690
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S w/Appearance PZEV 22 31 $21,760 $22,690
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE 22 31 $23,808 $24,825
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE PZEV 22 31 $23,808 $24,825
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof 22 31 $24,575 $25,625
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav 22 31 $25,696 $26,795
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav PZEV 22 31 $25,696 $26,795
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof PZEV 22 31 $24,575 $25,625
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL 22 31 $27,230 $28,395
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL PZEV 22 31 $27,230 $28,395
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL Premium 22 31 $28,670 $29,895
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL Premium PZEV 22 31 $28,670 $29,895
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S 22 32 $19,746 $20,590
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S PZEV 22 32 $19,746 $20,590
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual SE 22 32 $22,752 $23,725
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual SE PZEV 22 32 $22,752 $23,725
Passat 4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SE w/Sunroof 20 28 $27,806 $28,995
Passat 4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SE w/Sunroof & Nav 20 28 $29,341 $30,595
Passat 4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SEL Premium 20 28 $31,600 $32,950

Pricing

Invoice Price

$23,096
$26,752

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$24,640
$27,895

Monthly Payment Estimate

$411 / month
$465 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.6
7.8

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2012 Nissan Altima isn't as roomy as the newest mid-offerings, but as a coupe or as a sedan, it's one of the best-looking and most sporty mid-sizers. A massive rear seat and better-than-hybrid highway fuel economy mask the slight loss of refinement and nimble road feel in the 2012 Volkswagen Passat.

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Fuel Economy

City

23 mpg 30 mpg

Highway

32 mpg 40 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Midsize Mid-Size

Interior Dimensions

Second Hip Room (in)

47.6 - TBD -

Front Shoulder Room (in)

53.9 56.9

Passenger Volume (ft³)

89.3 102.0

Second Head Room (in)

35.6 37.8

Second Shoulder Room (in)

52.4 57.0

Front Leg Room (in)

42.5 42.4

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Front Hip Room (in)

54.2 - TBD -

Second Leg Room (in)

34.4 39.1

Front Head Room (in)

39.7 38.3

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

61.0 62.1

Min Ground Clearance (in)

5.3 5.4

Length, Overall (in)

180.9 191.6

Height, Overall (in)

55.9 58.5

Track Width, Rear (in)

61.2 61.0

Wheelbase (in)

105.3 110.4

Liftover Height (in)

26.2 - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

70.7 72.2

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

8.2 15.9

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)

11.5 x 0.4 10.7 x 0.4

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)

11.7 x 1.0 12.3 x 1.0

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 36.4

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

2.83 3.0

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - NA

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P215/55TR17 P215/55HR17

Spare Tire Size

T135/90D16 - TBD -

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P215/55TR17 P215/55HR17

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

100 NA

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

1000 NA

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3124 3397

Wheels

Front Wheel Size (in)

17 x 7.5 17 x - TBD -

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact - TBD -

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

17 x 7.5 17 x - TBD -

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel - TBD -

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

8.0 9.2

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

110 140

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

180 @ 3900 236 @ 1500-2500

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Displacement

2.5L/- TBD - 2.0L/120

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

175 @ 5600 140 @ 4000

Engine Type

Gas I4 Turbocharged Diesel I4

Fuel System

Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

32 40

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

23 30

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

26 34

Transmission

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 1.30

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)

1.75 3.99

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 2.05

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

5.79 4.12, 3.04

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 0.90

Trans Description Cont.

Continuously Variable Ratio Automatic w/Manual Shift

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA 0.76

First Gear Ratio (:1)

- TBD - 3.46

Summary

Vehicle Name

Nissan Altima Volkswagen Passat

Body Style

2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sdn

Suspension

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - NA

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

0.86 - TBD -

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-Link 4-Link

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs NA

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - NA

Suspension Type - Front

Strut MacPherson Strut

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

0.68 - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs NA

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

6 7

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

7.2 5.0

Crash Test Ratings

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

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