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Nissan Altima vs. Volkswagen Passat

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

Nissan Altima versus Volkswagen Passat Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Nissan Altima ranges from $18,703 to $28,693 while a used Volkswagen Passat from the same model year range is priced between $18,989 to $26,552. For a new model, the Nissan Altima's price is between $26,564 and $36,309, with the Volkswagen Passat priced between $24,675 and $32,409.

Nissan Altima versus Volkswagen Passat Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Nissan Altima is 8.3 out of 10 while the Volkswagen Passat's quality rating is 8.0 out of 10. This results in the Nissan Altima being ranked 5 out of 8 Best Midsize Cars for the Money and the Volkswagen Passat being ranked 8 out of 8. Out of 13 Best Midsize Cars, the Nissan Altima is ranked 13 and the Volkswagen Passat is ranked 10.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Nissan Altima’s base engine makes 188 horsepower, and the Volkswagen Passat base engine makes 174 horsepower. The Altima is rated to deliver an average of 32 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 632 miles. The Passat is rated to deliver an average of 28 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 666 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are midsize cars, the Volkswagen Passat has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more rear head room, rear leg room, and trunk space. The Nissan Altima has the advantage in the areas of front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room and rear shoulder room.

Safety Ratings Comparison

When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the Nissan Altima has higher safety ratings than the Volkswagen Passat, with an average rating of 5 out of 5 Stars compared to 4.75 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Nissan Altima has the advantage with a Top Safety Pick+ award.

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2023 Nissan Altima

2022 Volkswagen Passat

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$26,564 - $36,309

Used Asking Price:

$18,703 - $28,693

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

48.9%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$24,675 - $32,409

Used Asking Price:

$18,989 - $26,552

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

48%

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:

8.0 / 10

Reliability:

7.6 / 10

Retained Value:

6.9 / 10

Safety:

9.5 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

3 / 13
4 / 13
5 / 8
6 / 13
6 / 13

iSeeCars Rankings

8 / 8
9 / 13
10 / 13
10 / 13
10 / 13

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

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

Trim Levels

R-Line, SE, Limited Edition

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):

4.75 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:

174 hp @ 5200 rpm

Torque:

206 foot-lbs @ 1700 rpm

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

0.052 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:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

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

24 / 36 / 28

Range (city/hwy):

444 / 666 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:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

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:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

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:

37.4 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.4 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56.9 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.8 inches

Rear Leg Room:

39.1 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

57 inches

Cargo Space:

15.9 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

102.0 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:

3369 lbs

Width:

72.6 inches

Height:

58.7 inches

Length:

193.6 inches

Wheelbase:

110.4 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.7 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:

18.0 inches

Wheel Type:

painted alloy

Tire Size:

P235/45R18