Compare 2018 Nissan Maxima vs 2018 Volkswagen Passat

2018 Nissan Maxima
2018 Volkswagen Passat
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Platinum 3.5L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Maxima Platinum 3.5L 21 30 $38,352 $41,090
Maxima S 3.5L 21 30 $31,202 $33,420
Maxima SL 3.5L 21 30 $35,322 $37,840
Maxima SR 3.5L 21 30 $36,106 $38,680
Maxima SV 3.5L 21 30 $33,067 $35,420
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2.0T S Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Passat 2.0T S Automatic 25 36 $22,052 $22,995
Passat 2.0T SE Automatic 25 36 $25,217 $26,295
Passat 2.0T SE w/Technology Automatic 25 36 $28,382 $29,595
Passat 2.0T SEL Premium Automatic 25 36 $30,353 $31,650
Passat R-Line Automatic 25 36 $23,970 $24,995
Passat V6 GT DSG 19 28 $27,952 $29,145
Passat V6 SEL Premium DSG 19 28 $33,230 $34,650
Pricing
Invoice Price
$38,352
$22,052
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$41,090
$22,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$685 / month
$383 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
6.5
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2018 Nissan Maxima is a zippier alternative to more traditional full-size cars, but we stop short of calling it a real sports sedan. The 2018 Volkswagen Passat does little wrong, but its stoicism means it isn’t much fun.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Cars Mid-Size Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
34.2 39.1
Front Head Room (in)
38.9 38.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.9 102
Second Hip Room (in)
53.5 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.7 56.9
Second Head Room (in)
35.8 37.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 57
Front Leg Room (in)
45 42.4
Front Hip Room (in)
54.2 -
Exterior Dimensions
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
Height, Overall (in)
56.5 58.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.4 61
Wheelbase (in)
109.3 110.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.3 15.9
Brakes
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
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.1 10.7
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
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
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/45VR18 P215/60TR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/45VR18 P215/60TR16
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3608 3274
Wheels
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
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 330
Engine
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
261 @ 4400 184 @ 1500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5 L/213 2.0 L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
300 @ 6400 174 @ 5000
Engine Type
Premium Unleaded V-6 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 36
Transmission
Trans Description Cont.
CVT w/OD Automatic w/OD
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.41 - 0.38 4.46
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.25 3.23
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
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- 2.51
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.14
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 - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.0 6.1
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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