Compare 2021 Nissan Altima vs 2022 Volkswagen Passat

2021 Nissan Altima
2022 Volkswagen Passat
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2.0 SR Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Altima 2.0 SR Sedan 25 34 $28,789 $30,900
Altima 2.5 Platinum AWD Sedan 25 35 $31,904 $34,250
Altima 2.5 S Sedan 28 39 $22,884 $24,550
Altima 2.5 SL AWD Sedan 25 35 $29,244 $31,390
Altima 2.5 SL Sedan 28 39 $27,942 $29,990
Altima 2.5 SR AWD Sedan 25 35 $26,045 $27,950
Altima 2.5 SR Sedan 28 39 $24,743 $26,550
Altima 2.5 SV AWD Sedan 26 36 $25,116 $26,950
Altima 2.5 SV Sedan 27 37 $23,813 $25,550
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2.0T Limited Edition Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Passat 2.0T Limited Edition Automatic 24 36 $29,323 $30,575
Passat 2.0T R-Line Automatic 24 36 $28,363 $29,575
Passat 2.0T SE Automatic 24 36 $26,445 $27,575
Pricing
Invoice Price
$28,789
$29,323
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,900
$30,575
Monthly Payment Estimate
$515 / month
$510 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.5
5.7
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2021 Nissan Altima has a plain-spoken appeal, not to mention high safety scores and a great low price. The 2022 Volkswagen Passat is light on personality, but offers solid sedan motoring.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
38 37.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
98.8 101
Second Hip Room (in)
54.5 54.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.2 56.9
Second Head Room (in)
36.7 37.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 57
Front Leg Room (in)
43.8 42.4
Front Hip Room (in)
54.7 54.6
Second Leg Room (in)
35.2 39.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
62.8 61.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5 5.7
Length, Overall (in)
192.9 193.6
Height, Overall (in)
56.8 58.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.8 60.7
Wheelbase (in)
111.2 110.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.9 72.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.4 15.9
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 12.3
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.2 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.4 36.4
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Front Tire Size
P235/40VR19 P235/45HR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/40VR19 P235/45HR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3418 3369
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 X 8 18 X 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 X 8 18 X 8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
510 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
267 @ 4000 206 @ 1700
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/120 2.0 L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
236 @ 5600 174 @ 5000
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Port/Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 36
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 24
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.80 3.18
Trans Type
1 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.25 3.23
Trans Order Code
NA P6
Trans Description Cont.
CVT w/OD Automatic w/OD
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.14
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- 4.46
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.56
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.85
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- 2.51
Summary
Vehicle Name
Nissan Altima Volkswagen Passat
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
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
6.0 6.3
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- 100
Wt Distributing 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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2021 Nissan Altima
  • 2021 Altima is ready for a test drive; 2022s coming soon
  • Lease: From $259 per month for 36 months
  • Rebates: Up to $500 cash back
  • Finance: From 0% APR for 36 months + up to $500 off
2022 Volkswagen Passat
  • 2022 Passat is the final model year
  • Leases: No special offers this month
  • Rebates: Special offers for military, grads
  • Finance: From 4.7% APR for 60 months
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