2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2017 Nissan Altima

When you are looking for an efficient commuting vehicle, but need more space than you can find in most compact cars, it may be tempting to take a hard look at some midsize options. In this 2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2017 Nissan Altima comparison, we believe there is a compelling reason to give the compact 2017 Volkswagen Jetta another look. Though this model is classified as a compact vehicle, it still offers more trunk space than the midsize 2017 Nissan Altima. While 15.7 cubic feet may not look like a huge amount compared to 15.4 cubic feet, there are other advantages that the 2017 Jetta brings to the road.

One of these that can greatly benefit the daily commuter is fuel efficiency. The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta offers up 28 mpg in city driving and 40 mpg on the highway with its base 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and manual transmission. In contrast, the top mileage on the 2017 Nissan Altima is 27 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway with its base 2.5-liter four-cylinder. This is a small difference, but one that can add up over several days and miles.

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2017 Volkswagen Jetta VS 2017 Nissan Altima
$17,895 Starting MSRP $22,500
Compact Car Size Midsize Car
28/40 mpg Mileage (city/highway) 27/39 mpg
15.7 cubic feet Cargo Space 15.4 cubic feet

Engine Power on the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta

Another advantage that the VW sedan offers in this 2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2017 Nissan Altima comparison is when it comes to torque output. While the base Nissan sedan pulls ahead in horsepower, the two standard engine options in the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta offer 184 pound-feet of torque, which means premium acceleration. The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta GLI trim comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated for 210 horsepower and 2017 pound-feet of torque, while the 2017 Nissan Altima SR and SL trim are available with a very powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine.

Standard features on the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta S trim that are not on the base Altima include a rearview camera, a five-inch touchscreen input system for the infotainment system, heated side mirrors, and daytime running lights. To learn more about this comparison, or to scheduled a test drive of the 2017 VW Jetta at The New Volkswagen of Topeka, contact a member of our sales team today.

gear shift of the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta
steering wheel of the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta
2017 Volkswagen Jetta from the side
interior seating of the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta