Compare 2015 Nissan Altima vs 2015 Volkswagen Passat

2015 Nissan Altima
2015 Volkswagen Passat
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4-Door Sedan I4 2.5
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 27 38 $21,256 $22,300
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 S 27 38 $21,031 $22,560
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 SL 27 38 $26,232 $28,150
Altima 4-Door Sedan I4 2.5 SV 27 38 $23,041 $24,720
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 S 22 32 $24,650 $26,450
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 SL 22 32 $29,766 $31,950
Altima 4-Door Sedan V6 3.5 SV 22 32 $27,793 $29,830
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4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic Limited Edition
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic Limited Edition 24 36 $23,011 $23,995
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic Limited Edition PZEV 24 36 $23,011 $23,995
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic S 24 36 $21,520 $22,440
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic S PZEV 24 36 $21,520 $22,440
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic SE 24 36 $25,203 $26,280
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic SE PZEV 24 36 $25,203 $26,280
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav 24 36 $26,952 $28,105
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav PZEV 24 36 $26,952 $28,105
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic SEL Premium 24 36 $30,486 $31,790
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic SEL Premium PZEV 24 36 $30,486 $31,790
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic Sport 24 36 $26,962 $28,115
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic Sport PZEV 24 36 $26,962 $28,115
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic Wolfsburg Ed 24 36 $23,377 $24,375
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic Wolfsburg Ed PZEV 24 36 $23,377 $24,375
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Manual S 24 35 $20,465 $21,340
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Manual S PZEV 24 35 $20,465 $21,340
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Manual Sport 24 35 $25,810 $26,915
Passat 4-Door Sedan 1.8T Manual Sport PZEV 24 35 $25,810 $26,915
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SE w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $29,585 $30,850
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L Manual TDI SE 30 44 $25,985 $27,095
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L TDI DSG SE w/Sunroof 30 42 $27,931 $29,125
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L TDI DSG SEL Premium 30 42 $32,534 $33,925
Passat 4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SEL Premium 20 28 $34,519 $35,995
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,256
$23,011
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,300
$23,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$372 / month
$400 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
If you don't mind a CVT, the 2015 Nissan Altima is a solid choice that checks off all the boxes. The 2015 Volkswagen Passat provides a refreshing alternative to the usual mid-sizers, offering a huge interior and the segment's only diesel engine option.
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Fuel Economy
City
27 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
38 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Cars Mid-Size Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
52.1 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.4 56.9
Second Head Room (in)
37.1 37.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
101.9 102
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.4 57
Front Leg Room (in)
45 42.4
Front Hip Room (in)
54 -
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Leg Room (in)
36.1 39.1
Front Head Room (in)
40 38.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
62.4 62.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
191.5 191.6
Height, Overall (in)
57.9 58.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.4 61
Wheelbase (in)
109.3 110.4
Liftover Height (in)
26.9 -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72 72.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.4 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 10.7
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 12.3
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18 18.5
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.1 36.4
Tires
Front Tire Size
P215/60TR16 P215/55HR17
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60TR16 P215/55HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3108 3230
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 X 7 17 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 X 7 17 X 7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 330
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 140
Engine
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
180 @ 4000 184 @ 1500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5 L/152 1.8 L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
182 @ 6000 170 @ 4800
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
27 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
31 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
38 36
Transmission
Trans Description Cont.
CVT w/OD Automatic w/OD
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.35 - 0.39 4.04
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.83 3.65
Trans Type
1 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.75 3.19
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.85
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- 2.37
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.16
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.56
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Nissan Altima Volkswagen Passat
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.7 (Est) 6.3 (Est)
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- 100
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- 100
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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