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2020 Audi A3 vs. 2021 Nissan Altima Review

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2020 Audi
A3

MSRP*: $33,300 to $36,500
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2021 Nissan
Altima

MSRP*: $24,550 to $34,250
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Invoice* $31,304 to $34,312 $22,790 to $31,904
MPG - City 22 - 27 MPG 25 - 28 MPG
MPG - Hwy 30 - 36 MPG 34 - 39 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine 184-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel), 228-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel) 182-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel), 188-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel), 236-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 7-Speed A/T Continuously Variable
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 184 - 228 hp 182 - 236 hp
Exterior Length 175.5 - 175.7 in 192.9 in
Exterior Width 70.7 in 72.9 in
Leg Room Front 41.2 in
Rear 35.1 in
Front 43.8 in
Rear 35.2 in
Head Room Front 36.5 in
Rear 36.1 in
Front 38.0 - 39.2 in
Rear 36.7 - 36.9 in
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will feel a little more squished in the Audi A3 than in the Nissan Altima, due to the Audi A3's smaller rear head- and legroom. The Nissan Altima will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Audi A3.

Convenience
The Nissan Altima requires fewer visits to the gas station than the Audi A3, making it more convenient to drive.

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 Audi A3 is somewhat more expensive than the Nissan Altima. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Audi A3 will cost more in transportation costs than the Nissan Altima.

Dimensions
Since the Audi A3 is much slimmer than the Nissan Altima, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Audi A3, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Nissan Altima.

Handling
The Audi A3 has a smaller turning radius than the Nissan Altima, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of horsepower, it's basically a tie between the Audi A3 and the Nissan Altima.

Powertrain
With somewhat higher torque, the engine of the Audi A3 transmits a bit more power to the wheels than the Nissan Altima.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Audi A3 and the Nissan Altima.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Audi A3 than that of the Nissan Altima.