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Nissan Altima vs. Volkswagen Jetta

When we compare the Nissan Altima to the Volkswagen Jetta, the Nissan Altima has the advantage in the areas of interior volume and base engine power. The Volkswagen Jetta has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency and overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the Nissan Altima versus the Volkswagen Jetta, the Volkswagen Jetta is a better car than the Nissan Altima.

Nissan Altima versus Volkswagen Jetta Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Nissan Altima ranges from $18,995 to $29,748 while a used Volkswagen Jetta from the same model year range is priced between $18,495 to $28,552. For a new model, the Nissan Altima's price is between $25,529 and $33,929, with the Volkswagen Jetta priced between $20,260 and $28,280.

Nissan Altima versus Volkswagen Jetta Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Nissan Altima is 8.3 out of 10 while the Volkswagen Jetta's quality rating is 8.5 out of 10. This results in the Nissan Altima being ranked 6 out of 13 Best Midsize Cars and the Volkswagen Jetta being ranked 5 out of 25 Best Small Cars.

Nissan Altima versus Volkswagen Jetta Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency

For engine performance, the Nissan Altima’s base engine makes 188 horsepower, and the Volkswagen Jetta base engine makes 158 horsepower. The Altima is rated to deliver an average of 32 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 632 miles. The Jetta is rated to deliver an average of 34 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 554 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

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2023 Nissan Altima

2023 Volkswagen Jetta

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$25,529 - $33,929

Used Asking Price:

$18,995 - $29,748

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

48.9%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$20,260 - $28,280

Used Asking Price:

$18,495 - $28,552

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

43.2%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.3 / 10

Reliability:

8.3 / 10

Retained Value:

6.7 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.5 / 10

Reliability:

8.0 / 10

Retained Value:

7.6 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

3 / 13
4 / 13
6 / 13
6 / 13

iSeeCars Rankings

3 / 25
5 / 25
5 / 25
5 / 25

Summary Review

Not yet available

Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

2.5 SL, 2.5 S, 2.0 SR, 2.5 SR, 2.5 SV

Trim Levels

1.5T S, 1.5T SE, 1.5T SEL, 1.5T Sport

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

188 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

180 foot-lbs @ 3600 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.058 hp per pound

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

158 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque:

184 foot-lbs @ 1750 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.054 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

27 / 39 / 32

Range (city/hwy):

437 / 632 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

1.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Manual

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

29 / 42 / 34

Range (city/hwy):

383 / 554 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Available

Android Auto:

Available

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Available

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Available

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.2 inches

Front Leg Room:

43.8 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

58.2 inches

Rear Head Room:

36.9 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35.2 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

57.1 inches

Cargo Space:

15.4 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

100.6 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

38.5 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.1 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

55.9 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.2 inches

Rear Leg Room:

37.4 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

54 inches

Cargo Space:

14.1 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

94.7 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3253 lbs

Width:

72.9 inches

Height:

56.7 inches

Length:

192.9 inches

Wheelbase:

111.2 inches

Ground Clearance:

Not yet available

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

2915 lbs

Width:

70.8 inches

Height:

57.7 inches

Length:

186.5 inches

Wheelbase:

105.7 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.5 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

P215/60R16

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

aluminum with painted accents

Tire Size:

P205/60R16