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2021 Volkswagen Jetta vs. 2021 Nissan Altima Review

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2021 Volkswagen
Jetta

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2021 Nissan
Altima

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MSRP*
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$18,995 to $28,045
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$24,350 to $34,150
Invoice* $18,235 to $26,924 $22,697 to $31,812
MPG - City 29 - 30 25 - 28
MPG - Hwy 39 - 41 34 - 39
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**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
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Volkswagen Jetta than the Nissan Altima. The Nissan Altima will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Jetta.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Volkswagen Jetta as you will with the Nissan Altima, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

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). Based on MSRP, the Volkswagen Jetta is clearly a better financial choice over the Nissan Altima. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Volkswagen Jetta will cost more in transportation costs than the Nissan Altima.

Dimensions
Since the Volkswagen Jetta is much slimmer than the Nissan Altima, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. The Volkswagen Jetta is slightly shorter than the Nissan Altima, which may make it easier to park.

Drivetrain
With somewhat higher torque, the engine of the Volkswagen Jetta transmits a bit more power to the wheels than the Nissan Altima.

Handling
The Volkswagen Jetta has a smaller turning radius than the Nissan Altima, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The Volkswagen Jetta has less horsepower than the Nissan Altima, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Volkswagen Jetta and the Nissan Altima. The Volkswagen Jetta has less cargo capacity than the Nissan Altima, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Volkswagen Jetta than that of the Nissan Altima.