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2012 Volkswagen Passat

2012 Kia Optima

  2012 Volkswagen Passat 2012 Kia Optima
MSRP
$20,590
$19,500
Invoice $19,746 $19,095
MPG
City/Highway
20/43 22/39
Rating
7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.6
/ 10
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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. Read Full Review 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. Read Full Review
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Likes:

  • Amazing rear-seat leg room
  • TDI's hybrid-beating fuel economy
  • Spare bodywork's minimalist details
  • Steers and rides, for the most part, like the old Passat

Dislikes:

  • Five-cylinder's dull responses
  • Plenty of grainy plastic inside
  • Wind and road noise
  • Features list is full of potholes

Likes:

  • Handsome, chiseled shape
  • Interior looks sporty, refined
  • Engaging handling
  • Great gas mileage
  • Bluetooth is standard

Dislikes:

  • Seats have short, flat bottom cushions
  • Fast roofline cuts down on head room
  • Nav system eliminates UVO
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