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He Said " recently tested two mid-enormousness family sedans. 8 million Toyota Camrys, Honda Accords, Nissan Altimas, Ford Fusions, Hyundai Sonatas and Chevy Malibus found homes here. Off the lineage the new four-banger is sprightlier than the departing five. But cohesive ride/ handling elude their higher centers of gravity. 3 EA888 turbocharged 1. 8L match-cam DI gas inline-4, making 184 lb-ft of torque at 1500 rpm. And no X-over will ever look as X-rated as a sporty sedan. Something that can be done all day fancy in the Passat with non-defeatable TC. Nominally raspy at idle, Altima is quiet at near triple digit speeds. Too bad the slick 5-speed vade-mecum transmission will be skipped by most Passat buyers. Last year crossover / sports utility vehicles outsold commuter cars in the United States. Despite a faster locking torque converter the CVT can't eliminate all engine sawing to reach a desired proportion. On the highway, 18. 5 gallons of regular unleaded should be good for 650 miles. Lower torque at 180 lb-ft, doesn't rain cats on thick until 3500 rpm. We'd swear the 1. 8T is haunted by sounds of air-cooled VW 4-cylinders. Crossovers might have the edge in spaciousness. The 2014 Nissan Altima versus the 2014 Volkswagen Passat. VW has categorically delivered the Vegnugen here. But the optional Tiptronic 6-speed automatic locks fast and is not too ambivalent. Fuel economy has improved to 28 combined miles per gallon. - Nissan Altima's 2. 5 duplicate-cam gas inline-4 skips turbos and direct injection, relying on 700 extra cc for a 10 horsepressure edge. Throw in Kia Optima, Volkswagen Passat, Mazda6 and Subaru Legacy and you have 13% of the new instrument market. A greater Continuously Variable Transmission ratio spread (7:1) nets a fuel economy Bulls-Eye: 40 mpg on 75 mph freeway hauls, 29 mpg combined. But for the diesel-phobic and those of thinner billfolds, the new touchstone Passat gas mill is the Gen. He Said" has already gushed about the efficiency of the VW Passat TDi diesel on a real road trip.

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