Compare 2012 Volkswagen Passat vs 2012 Kia Optima

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4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual PZEV S 22 32 $19,746 $20,590
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S 22 32 $19,746 $20,590
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV S 22 31 $20,802 $21,690
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S 22 31 $20,802 $21,690
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV S w/Appearance 22 31 $21,760 $22,690
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S w/Appearance 22 31 $21,760 $22,690
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual PZEV SE 22 32 $22,752 $23,725
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual SE 22 32 $22,752 $23,725
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV SE 22 31 $23,808 $24,825
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE 22 31 $23,808 $24,825
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV SE w/Sunroof 22 31 $24,575 $25,625
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof 22 31 $24,575 $25,625
4-Door Sedan 2.0L Manual TDI SE 31 43 $24,929 $25,995
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav 22 31 $25,696 $26,795
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav PZEV 22 31 $25,696 $26,795
4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SE w/Sunroof 30 40 $26,752 $27,895
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV SEL 22 31 $27,230 $28,395
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL 22 31 $27,230 $28,395
4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SE w/Sunroof 20 28 $27,806 $28,995
4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SE w/Sunroof & Nav 30 40 $28,286 $29,495
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL Premium 22 31 $28,670 $29,895
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL Premium PZEV 22 31 $28,670 $29,895
4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SE w/Sunroof & Nav 20 28 $29,341 $30,595
4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SEL Premium 30 40 $30,876 $32,195
4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SEL Premium 20 28 $31,600 $32,950
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4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual LX 24 35 $19,095 $19,500
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic LX 24 35 $20,065 $21,000
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic EX 24 35 $21,675 $23,200
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic EX 22 34 $23,455 $25,100
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Hybrid 34 39 $24,115 $25,800
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SX 22 34 $24,760 $26,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,746
$19,095
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,590
$19,500
Monthly Payment Estimate
$343 / month
$325 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
A massive rear seat and better-than-hybrid highway fuel economy mask the slight loss of refinement and nimble road feel in the 2012 Volkswagen Passat. The basics don't have to be boring: the 2012 Kia Optima evades design and driving boredom with suave looks, good performance and great gas mileage and features.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
39.1 34.7
Front Head Room (in)
38.3 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 54.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 57.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.0 102.2
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.0 55.7
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 45.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 54.7
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.2 72.1
Track Width, Front (in)
62.1 63.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 5.3
Length, Overall (in)
191.6 190.7
Height, Overall (in)
58.5 57.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.0 63.0
Wheelbase (in)
110.4 110.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.9 15.4
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 x 1.0 11.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.7 x 0.4 11.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 18.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.4 35.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P215/60TR16 P205/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60TR16 P205/60R16
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3166 3206
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.0 3.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 600
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 110
Engine
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
177 @ 4250 186 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5L/151 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 5700 200 @ 6300
Engine Type
Gas I5 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 24
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.65 4.33-3.25
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.86 1.27
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.82
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.78 3.26
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.27 1.69
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.66 1.02
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.60 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.12 1.93
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sdn Sedan
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Passat Kia Optima
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.7 6.5
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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