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Compare 2017 Nissan Maxima vs 2017 Volkswagen Passat

2017 Nissan Maxima
2017 Volkswagen Passat
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Platinum 3.5L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Maxima Platinum 3.5L 21 30 $37,652 $40,340
Maxima S 3.5L 21 30 $30,447 $32,610
Maxima SL 3.5L 21 30 $34,772 $37,250
Maxima SR 3.5L 21 30 $35,500 $38,030
Maxima SV 3.5L 21 30 $32,293 $34,590
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1.8T S Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Passat 1.8T S Automatic 23 34 $21,520 $22,440
Passat 1.8T SE Automatic 23 34 $24,450 $25,495
Passat 1.8T SE w/Technology Automatic 23 34 $26,847 $27,995
Passat 1.8T SEL Premium Automatic 23 34 $29,724 $30,995
Passat R-Line w/Comfort Pkg Automatic 23 34 $22,993 $23,975
Passat V6 SE w/Technology DSG 20 28 $28,093 $29,295
Passat V6 SEL Premium DSG 20 28 $32,601 $33,995
Pricing
Invoice Price
$37,652
$21,520
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$40,340
$22,440
Monthly Payment Estimate
$672 / month
$374 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.3
6.7
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2017 Nissan Maxima is the wild child of the Nissan bunch. It looks the part, but don't be fooled: after first blush it acts more like a near-luxury cruiser. The 2017 Volkswagen Passat is a conservative pick in the mid-size pack with generous interior space.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Cars Mid-Size Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 57
Front Leg Room (in)
45 42.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.9 102
Front Hip Room (in)
54.2 -
Second Leg Room (in)
34.2 39.1
Front Head Room (in)
38.9 38.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
53.5 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.7 56.9
Second Head Room (in)
35.8 37.8
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
56.5 58.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.4 61
Wheelbase (in)
109.3 110.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.2 72.2
Track Width, Front (in)
62.4 62.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
192.8 191.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.3 15.9
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.1 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)
12.6 12.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18 18.5
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- 36.4
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/45VR18 P215/60TR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/45VR18 P215/60TR16
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3608 3263
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8.5 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8.5 16 X 6.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 330
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
261 @ 4400 184 @ 1500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5 L/213 1.8 L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
300 @ 6400 170 @ 4800
Engine Type
Premium Unleaded V-6 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 23
Transmission
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.41 - 0.38 4.04
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.25 3.87
Trans Type
1 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.77 3.19
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Trans Description Cont.
CVT w/OD Automatic w/OD
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- 2.37
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.16
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.56
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.85
Summary
Vehicle Name
Nissan Maxima Volkswagen Passat
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.1 6.5
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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