Despite the rising popularity of crossovers and SUVs, sedans remain the most suitable option for drivers chasing remarkable fuel efficiency and reliability. Rounding out the package with attractive styling and a wealth of advanced features, the 2019 Nissan Altima and the 2019 Volkswagen Passat continue to keep competing models on their feet. See how these rivaling models compare when we pit them against each other in this sedan showdown.
The 2019 Altima takes the top spot for performance with two impressive engine options: a 2.5-liter DOHC (182 hp, 178 lb.-ft.) and a 2.0-liter turbo (236 horsepower, 267 lb.-ft.). Across the entire lineup, the 2019 Passat sticks to a much weaker 2.0-liter turbo (174 hp, 184 lb.-ft.). The Volkswagen engine line is impressive for the class but falls short in competition with the Altima.
2019 Nissan Altima
2019 Volkswagen Passat
|28 city / 39 highway mpg||Fuel Economy||25 city / 36 highway mpg|
|182 to 236 hp||Horsepower||174 hp|
|180 lb.-ft. to 280 lb.-ft.||Torque||184 lb.-ft.|
From the get-go, the 2019 Nissan Altima puts some distance between itself and the competition with a brimming list of standard features. Even at the base level, Altima drivers enjoy a standard 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, remote engine start, automatic emergency braking and class-exclusive USB Type C-Outlets. Most competing sedans require some climbing up the trim structure to see such wealth in feature offerings.
The 2019 Volkswagen Passat attempts to keep up with a standard 6.3-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and automatic emergency braking.
The Altima also comes through with an incredible array of optional equipment. Climbing up the trim ladder, drivers find add-ons like the heated front seats and steering wheel, driver-side memory settings, leather seating, dual-zone climate control, a premium 9-speaker Bose audio system and a moonroof.