Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Volkswagen Passat than the Nissan Altima, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Nissan Altima will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Passat.
With the Volkswagen Passat you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Nissan Altima, due to its tank size and fuel economy.
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Whether you pick the Nissan Altima or the Volkswagen Passat, it's going to cost you about the same. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Nissan Altima and the Volkswagen Passat have similar Destination Charges.
The Nissan Altima is about the same width as the Volkswagen Passat. When looking at overall length, the Nissan Altima takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Volkswagen Passat.
With somewhat higher torque, the engine of the Nissan Altima transmits a bit more power to the wheels than the Volkswagen Passat.
The Nissan Altima has a larger turning radius than the Volkswagen Passat, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.
When it comes to horsepower, the Nissan Altima has a much more powerful engine than the Volkswagen Passat. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Nissan Altima and the Volkswagen Passat. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries into the Nissan Altima as you will in the Volkswagen Passat.
The Nissan Altima comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Volkswagen Passat.
Compare the 2014 Nissan Altima and the 2014 Volkswagen Passat.
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MSRP*: $22,010 - $30,660
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MSRP*: $20,845 - $33,895
|Cash Back Rebate:||Up to $500||Up to $500|
|Low APR Loan:||As low as 0.00%||As low as 0.90%|
|Lease Incentive:||As low as 2.86%||--|
|City MPG:||22 - 27||20 - 31|
|Highway MPG:||31 - 38||28 - 43|
|Engine(s):||Inline-4, V-6||Inline-4, Inline-5, V-6|
|Seating Capacity:||5 - 5||5 - 5|
|Basic Warranty:||3 years/36,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
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|Invoice*:||$20,590 - $28,020||$19,990 - $32,506|
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