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2014 Nissan Maxima vs. 2015 Volkswagen Passat Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Volkswagen Passat than the Nissan Maxima, due to its greater head- and legroom. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Passat, the Nissan Maxima may be a little roomier and more comfortable for the driver and front seat passengers.

Convenience
With the Volkswagen Passat you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Nissan Maxima, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

Cost
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). The Nissan Maxima is somewhat more expensive than the Volkswagen Passat. 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 Maxima and the Volkswagen Passat have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Nissan Maxima is a little wider than the Volkswagen Passat, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. When looking at overall length, the Nissan Maxima takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Volkswagen Passat.

Drivetrain
With somewhat higher torque, the engine of the Nissan Maxima transmits a bit more power to the wheels than the Volkswagen Passat.

Handling
The Nissan Maxima has a larger turning radius than the Volkswagen Passat, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Nissan Maxima 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.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Nissan Maxima and the Volkswagen Passat. The Nissan Maxima has less cargo capacity than the Volkswagen Passat, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
The Nissan Maxima comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Volkswagen Passat.

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2014 Nissan
Maxima

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MSRP*: $31,290 - $34,380

2015 Volkswagen
Passat

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MSRP*: $21,120 - $35,660
Cash Back Rebate: Up to $500 Up to $500
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.00% As low as 2.90%
Lease Incentive: As low as 3.05% --
City MPG: 19 20 - 31
Highway MPG: 26 28 - 43
Engine(s): V-6 Inline-4, V-6
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating
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Frontal Crash Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $28,988 - $31,845 $20,253 - $34,198

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