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2021 Nissan Maxima
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2021 Volkswagen Passat
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Overview

Engine
3.5-liter V6 Gas
Engine
2.5-liter Flat 4 Gas
Engine
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Transmission
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Transmission
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Transmission
6-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive
Drivetrain
All-Wheel Drive
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive
Fuel Economy
City: 20 MPG
Hwy: 30 MPG
Fuel Economy
City: 27 MPG
Hwy: 35 MPG
Fuel Economy
City: 24 MPG
Hwy: 36 MPG
Fuel Tank Capacity
18 gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity
18.5 gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity
18.5 gallons
Seating Capacity
5 seater
Seating Capacity
5 seater
Seating Capacity
5 seater
Trunk Volume
14.3 ft³
Trunk Volume
15.1 ft³
Trunk Volume
15.9 ft³

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Performance Specs

Engine and Transmission

Engine
3.5-liter V6 Gas
2.5-liter Flat 4 Gas
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
Horsepower
300 hp @ 6400 rpm
182 hp @ 5800 rpm
174 hp @ 5200 rpm
Torque
261 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
176 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
206 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm
Transmission
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
6-Speed Automatic
Drivetrain
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
Front-Wheel Drive

Weight and Towing

Curb Weight
3,565 lbs
3,499 lbs
3,325 lbs

Fuel and MPG

Fuel Economy

Combined
24 MPG
30 MPG
28 MPG
City
20 MPG
27 MPG
24 MPG
Highway
30 MPG
35 MPG
36 MPG

Emissions

CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.4 (2020) Tons/yr
6.0 Tons/yr
6.4 Tons/yr

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity
18 gallons
18.5 gallons
18.5 gallons
Cruising Range City
360 miles
499.5 miles
444 miles
Cruising Range Highway
540 miles
647.5 miles
666 miles

Dimensions and Measurement

Exterior Dimensions

Length
192.8 in
190.6 in
193.6 in
Height
56.5 in
59.1 in
58 in
Max Width
73.2 in
72.4 in
72.2 in
Front Width
62.4 in
62.2 in
62.1 in
Rear Width
62.4 in
63.4 in
61 in
Wheelbase
109.3 in
108.3 in
110.4 in
Ground Clearance
5.3 in
5.9 in
5.4 in

Interior Space

Seating Capacity
5 seater
5 seater
5 seater
Front Seat Leg Room
45 in
42.8 in
42.4 in
Front Seat Headroom
39.4 in
39.4 in
38.3 in
Front Seat Shoulder Room
56.7 in
58.1 in
56.9 in
Front Seat Hip Room
54.2 in
55.5 in
N/A
Rear Seat Leg Room
34.2 in
39.5 in
39.1 in
Rear Seat Headroom
36.7 in
37.2 in
37.8 in
Rear Seat Shoulder Room
55.7 in
57.4 in
57 in
Rear Seat Hip Room
53.5 in
54.8 in
N/A

Cargo Space

Trunk Volume
14.3 ft³
15.1 ft³
15.9 ft³

Wheels and Suspension

Steering

Steering Type
Rack-Pinion
Rack-Pinion
Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter
N/A
36.8 ft
36.4 ft

Wheels

Wheels Type
Aluminum Wheels
Steel Wheels
Aluminum Wheels
Front Wheel Size
18" x 8.5"
17" x 7"
17" x 7"
Rear Wheel Size
18" x 8.5"
17" x 7"
17" x 7"

Suspension

Front Suspension
Strut
Strut
Strut
Rear Suspension
Multi-Link
Double Wishbone
Multi-Link

Tires

Front Tire
P245/45VR18
P225/55VR17
P215/55HR17
Rear Tire
P245/45VR18
P225/55VR17
P215/55HR17
Spare Tire
Compact
Compact
Compact

Colors and Materials

Standard Exterior Colors

  • Brilliant Silver Metallic
  • Deep Blue Pearl
  • Gun Metallic
  • Super Black
  • Abyss Blue Pearl
  • Crystal Black Silica
  • Crystal White Pearl
  • Ice Silver Metallic
  • Magnetite Gray Metallic
  • Deep Black Pearl
  • Platinum Gray Metallic
  • Pure White
  • Reflex Silver Metallic
  • Tourmaline Blue Metallic

Optional Exterior Colors

  • Carnelian Red Tintcoat
  • Pearl White Tricoat
N/A
Aurora Red Metallic

Standard Interior Materials

  • Cashmere, Leather-Appointed Seat Trim
  • Charcoal, Leather-Appointed Seat Trim
  • Titanium Gray, Cloth Upholstery
  • Titan Black, Cloth Seating Surfaces

Features and Options

Infotainment

HD Radio
Not Available
Standard
Standard
Bluetooth Connection
Standard
Standard
Standard
Satellite Radio
Standard
Standard
Standard
Smart Device Integration
Standard
Standard
Standard
WiFi Hotspot
Not Available
Not Available
Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input
Standard
Standard
Standard
MP3 Player
Standard
Standard
Standard

Interior Trim

Bucket Seats
Standard
Standard
Standard
Cloth Seats
Standard
Standard
Standard
Leather Seats
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Leather Steering Wheel
Standard
Not Available
Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Vinyl Seats
Standard
Not Available
Not Available

Comfort

Navigation System
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Steering Wheel Audio Controls
Standard
Standard
Standard
Power Mirror(s)
Standard
Standard
Standard
A/C
Standard
Standard
Standard
Adaptive Cruise Control
Standard
Standard
Standard
Climate Control
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Cruise Control
Standard
Standard
Standard
Heated Front Seat(s)
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard
Standard
Multi-Zone A/C
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Power Driver Seat
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Power Passenger Seat
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Remote Engine Start
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Remote Trunk Release
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
Universal Garage Door Opener
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Keyless Start
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Telematics
Not Available
Not Available
Standard

Safety

Safety Features

Back-Up Camera
Standard
Standard
Standard
Cross-Traffic Alert
Not Available
Not Available
Standard
Rear Parking Aid
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Blind Spot Monitor
Not Available
Not Available
Standard
Lane Departure Warning
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Lane Keeping Assist
Not Available
Standard
Not Available
ABS
Standard
Standard
Standard
Tire Pressure Monitor
Standard
Standard
Standard
Brake Assist
Standard
Standard
Standard
Stability Control
Standard
Standard
Standard
Traction Control
Standard
Standard
Standard

US NHTSA crash test result

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
N/A
N/A
Rollover Rating
N/A
Side Crash Rating
N/A
N/A

Airbags

Driver Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Front Head Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Front Side Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Knee Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Passenger Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Rear Head Air Bag
Standard
Standard
Standard
Rear Side Air Bag
Standard
Not Available
Not Available

Warranty

Warranty Summary

Basic
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
4 Years / 50,000 Miles
Corrosion
5 Years / Unlimited Miles
5 Years / Unlimited Miles
7 Years / 100,000 Miles
Drivetrain
5 Years / 60,000 Miles
5 Years / 60,000 Miles
4 Years / 50,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
3 Years / 36,000 Miles
Maintenance
N/A
N/A
2 Years / 20,000 Miles