Compare 2021 Nissan Maxima vs 2021 Volkswagen Arteon

2021 Nissan Maxima
2021 Volkswagen Arteon
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Platinum 3.5L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Maxima Platinum 3.5L 20 30 $39,497 $42,320
Maxima SR 3.5L 20 30 $39,433 $42,250
Maxima SV 3.5L 20 30 $34,623 $37,090
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SE FWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Arteon SE FWD 22 32 $35,478 $36,995
Arteon SEL Premium R-Line 4MOTION 20 31 $45,068 $46,995
Arteon SEL R-Line 4MOTION 20 31 $41,616 $43,395
Arteon SEL R-Line FWD 22 32 $39,890 $41,595
Pricing
Invoice Price
$39,497
$35,478
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$42,320
$36,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$705 / month
$617 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.5
6.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2021 Nissan Maxima slips into sporty territory with a handsome shape and good road manners, but the CVT saps its verve. The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon is a compelling sedan with good features, but it's overshadowed by premium sedans that are even better.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Large Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
45 41.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.4 96.2
Front Hip Room (in)
54.2 -
Second Leg Room (in)
34.2 40.2
Front Head Room (in)
38.9 37.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
53.5 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.7 56.5
Second Head Room (in)
35.8 37
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 54.7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.4 62.1
Wheelbase (in)
109.3 111.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.2 73.7
Track Width, Front (in)
62.4 62.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 -
Length, Overall (in)
192.8 191.4
Height, Overall (in)
56.5 56.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.3 -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.1 12.2
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 13.4
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 18.2
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- 39
Tires
Front Tire Size
P245/40WR19 P245/45HR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/40WR19 P245/45HR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3676 3686
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 X 8.5 18 X 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 X 8.5 18 X 8
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
261 @ 4400 258 @ 1950
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5 L/213 2.0 L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
300 @ 6400 268 @ 5500
Engine Type
Premium Unleaded V-6 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
24 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 22
Transmission
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.41 - 0.38 5.59
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
5.25 3.53
Trans Type
1 8
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.77 3.99
Trans Order Code
NA QA
Trans Description Cont.
CVT w/OD Automatic w/OD
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.95
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.21
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.81
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- 3.14
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.43
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 1.00
Summary
Vehicle Name
Nissan Maxima Volkswagen Arteon
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
7.3 7.0
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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