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2022 Nissan Altima vs. 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review

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2022 Nissan
Altima

MSRP*: $24,550 to $34,250
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Picture of the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2021 Volkswagen
Jetta GLI

MSRP*: $26,345 to $31,545
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MPG - City 25 - 28 MPG 24 MPG
MPG - Hwy 34 - 39 MPG 33 - 35 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine
  • 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)
  • 228-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission Continuously Variable 7-Speed A/T, M/T
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 182 - 236 hp 228 hp
Exterior Length 192.9 in 185.2 in
Exterior Width 72.9 in 70.8 in
Leg Room Front 43.8 in
Rear 35.2 in
Front 41.1 in
Rear 37.4 in
Head Room Front 38.0 - 39.2 in
Rear 36.7 - 36.9 in
Front 38.5 in
Rear 37.2 in
Overall Safety Rating** Info not available *****
Frontal Crash Rating** Info not available ****
Side Crash Rating** Info not available *****

**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 be able to stretch out a lot more in the Volkswagen Jetta GLI 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 Jetta GLI.

Convenience
With the Nissan Altima you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, due to its larger tank size and better 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). When looking only at MSRP, the Nissan Altima will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Dimensions
Since the Nissan Altima is much wider than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Nissan Altima, which is slightly longer than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

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

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Nissan Altima is significantly less powerful than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Powertrain
The Nissan Altima has much less torque than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

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