2020 Volkswagen Passat vs 2020 Nissan Altima Comparison in Cerritos, CA

They say you get what you pay for, so when you find something that's genuinely better at a lower cost, that's a rare opportunity indeed! But that's just the opportunity we'll present you here at McKenna Volkswagen. You can spend less and get more when you choose the 2020 Volkswagen Passat instead of its rival from Nissan. The new 2020 Nissan Altima has some fancy technology and a flashy new design -- but most of those features are only available when you upgrade to a higher cost trim level. At the entry level, the 2020 Volkswagen Passat gives you more features, more capability and more technology at a more affordable price. Find out more below.

VW Passat Cabin Interior

2020 VW Passat vs. 2020 Nissan Altima: Capacity

The benefit of a midsize sedan is a comfortable back seat with plenty of room for even tall adult passengers. However, you'll find the 2020 Nissan Altima is more cramped inside. With just 100.8 cubic feet of passenger volume and 35.2" of rear seat legroom, it's simply not as comfortable as its Volkswagen rival. The 2020 VW Passat provides a much more generous 39.1" of rear seat legroom and 102 cubic feet of passenger volume. It even provides extra room in the trunk for more suitcases, more grocery bags and more gear.


VW Passat LED Headlights

2020 VW Passat vs. 2020 Nissan Altima: Features

Superior style comes standard on the 2020 Volkswagen Passat. With a classic, premium design, the 2020 VW Passat adds features like 17" alloy wheels and modern LED headlights, tail lamps and daytime running lights. Even the new Nissan Altima lacks LED headlights and alloy wheels at the entry level. Instead, you'll get old-school halogen headlights and smaller steel wheels. For a more refined, upscale look, choose the 2020 Volkswagen Passat.

Inside, the 2020 Volkswagen Passat even comes standard with SiriusXM® All Access satellite radio! SiriusXM® is only available on the 2020 Nissan Altima when you pay for a more costly trim level.

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VW Passat Rear End

2020 VW Passat vs. 2020 Nissan Altima: Performance

You'll get a bit more horsepower from the 2020 Nissan Altima at the entry-level, but there's more to an exciting drive than maximum horsepower. For one, the 2020 Volkswagen Passat generates greater maximum torque, which makes it feel quick and responsive from a standstill.

What's more, the standard engine in the 2020 Volkswagen Passat is turbocharged! That means you'll enjoy more power lower in the rev range where you need it most.  A turbocharged, performance-oriented engine is available as an upgrade on the 2020 Nissan Altima -- however, it'll cost you a whole lot more to upgrade.


VW Passat Parked At Party

2020 VW Passat vs. 2020 Nissan Altima: Driver Assistance

Perhaps surprisingly from a new, recently-redesigned midsize sedan like the 2020 Nissan Altima, absolutely no driver assist features come standard. To get features like automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring and rear traffic alert on the Nissan sedan, you'll have to pay for an additional options package.

By contrast, the 2020 Volkswagen Passat comes totally standard with all these features! And if you want adaptive cruise control to take the stress out of long freeway commutes, that feature comes standard on the 2020 Volkswagen Passat SE trim level for an MSRP of just $25,845. To get similar technology on the 2020 Nissan Altima, you'd have to select the SL trim level or higher, with a whopping MSRP of $30,240!

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Despite its more affordable price tag, the 2020 Volkswagen Passat gives you more than its Nissan rival! That includes more standard features, a more spacious cabin, more safety technology and a more stylish exterior look. Why settle for the 2020 Nissan Altima when you can step up to superior German engineering for less? The 2020 VW Passat has a starting MSRP of just $22,995.

2020 Volkswagen Passat2020 Nissan Altima
$22,995Starting MSRP*$24,100
174Standard Horsepower188
206Standard Torque (lb-ft)180
39.1"Rear Legroom35.2"
15.9 Cubic FeetTrunk Volume15.4 Cubic Feet
StandardLED HeadlightsAvailable Upgrade
Standard17" Alloy WheelsAvailable Upgrade
StandardAutomatic Emergency Braking w/ Pedestrian DetectionAvailable Upgrade
StandardBlind Spot MonitorAvailable Upgrade
StandardRear Traffic AlertAvailable Upgrade

*Prices exclude destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.