Compare 2013 Nissan Altima vs 2013 Volkswagen Passat

2013 Nissan Altima
2013 Volkswagen Passat
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2-Door Coupe I4 2.5 S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Altima 2-Door Coupe I4 2.5 S 23 32 $23,910 $25,230
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 27 38 $20,356 $21,760
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 S 27 38 $20,376 $22,280
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 SL 27 38 $25,283 $27,660
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 SV 27 38 $22,018 $24,080
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 S 22 31 $23,550 $25,760
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 SL 22 31 $27,929 $30,560
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 SV 22 31 $25,831 $28,260
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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 $27,068 $28,225
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SE w/Sunroof & Nav 30 40 $28,660 $29,885
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SEL Premium 30 40 $31,564 $32,915
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L Manual TDI SE 31 43 $25,150 $26,225
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S 22 31 $21,045 $21,945
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S PZEV 22 31 $21,045 $21,945
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S w/Appearance 22 31 $22,005 $22,945
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S w/Appearance PZEV 22 31 $22,005 $22,945
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE 22 31 $24,017 $25,045
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE PZEV 22 31 $24,017 $25,045
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof 22 31 $24,785 $25,845
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav 22 31 $25,888 $26,995
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav PZEV 22 31 $25,888 $26,995
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof PZEV 22 31 $24,785 $25,845
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL 22 31 $27,738 $28,925
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL PZEV 22 31 $27,738 $28,925
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL Premium 22 31 $29,178 $30,425
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL Premium PZEV 22 31 $29,178 $30,425
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic Wolfsburg Edition 22 31 $22,532 $23,495
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic Wolfsburg Edition PZEV 22 31 $22,532 $23,495
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S 22 32 $19,990 $20,845
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S PZEV 22 32 $19,990 $20,845
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual SE 22 32 $22,963 $23,945
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual SE PZEV 22 32 $22,963 $23,945
Passat 4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SE w/Sunroof 20 28 $28,037 $29,235
Passat 4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SE w/Sunroof & Nav 20 28 $29,628 $30,895
Passat 4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SEL Premium 20 28 $32,151 $33,525
Pricing
Invoice Price
$23,910
$27,068
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,230
$28,225
Monthly Payment Estimate
$421 / month
$470 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
Briskly updated in the right ways, the 2013 Nissan Altima sedan promises good looks and great gas mileage for those who don't mind a CVT. Marginally less refined than the last version, today's VW Passat hits important marks with excellent diesel fuel economy, superior passenger space and top safety scores.
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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)
47.600 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.900 56.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
89.300 102.0
Second Head Room (in)
35.600 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.400 57.0
Front Leg Room (in)
42.500 42.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.200 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
34.400 39.1
Front Head Room (in)
39.700 38.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.000 62.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.300 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
180.900 191.6
Height, Overall (in)
55.900 58.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.200 61.0
Wheelbase (in)
105.300 110.4
Liftover Height (in)
26.200 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.700 72.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
8.200 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)
11.500 x 0.350 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)
11.700 x 1.020 12.3 x 1.0
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20.000 18.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.200 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)
2.830 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
T135/90R16 - 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)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3124 3459
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)
7.200 9.2
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 140
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
180 @ 4000 236 @ 1750
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5L/152 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)
1.750 3.99
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.05
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.790 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
Coupe 4 Door Sdn
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link 4-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA NA
Suspension Type - Front
Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - 8
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.9 6.3
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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