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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S PZEV
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door dn 2.5L Manual S PZEV S 22 32 $19,990 $20,845
4-Door dn 2.5L Manual S S 22 32 $19,990 $20,845
4-Door dn 2.5L Automatic S PZEV S 22 31 $21,045 $21,945
4-Door dn 2.5L Automatic S S 22 31 $21,045 $21,945
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV S w/Appearance 22 31 $22,005 $22,945
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S w/Appearance 22 31 $22,005 $22,945
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV Wolfsburg Edition 22 31 $22,532 $23,495
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic Wolfsburg Edition 22 31 $22,532 $23,495
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual PZEV SE 22 32 $22,963 $23,945
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual SE 22 32 $22,963 $23,945
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV SE 22 31 $24,017 $25,045
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE 22 31 $24,017 $25,045
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV SE w/Sunroof 22 31 $24,785 $25,845
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof 22 31 $24,785 $25,845
4-Door Sedan 2.0L Manual TDI SE 31 43 $25,150 $26,225
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV SE w/Sunroof & Nav 22 31 $25,888 $26,995
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav 22 31 $25,888 $26,995
4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SE w/Sunroof 30 40 $27,068 $28,225
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV SEL 22 31 $27,738 $28,925
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL 22 31 $27,738 $28,925
4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SE w/Sunroof 20 28 $28,037 $29,235
4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SE w/Sunroof & Nav 30 40 $28,660 $29,885
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV SEL Premium 22 31 $29,178 $30,425
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL Premium 22 31 $29,178 $30,425
4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SE w/Sunroof & Nav 20 28 $29,628 $30,895
4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SEL Premium 30 40 $31,564 $32,915
4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SEL Premium 20 28 $32,151 $33,525
4-Door Sedan LX
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan LX 24 35 $20,400 $21,350
4-Door Sedan EX 24 35 $22,095 $23,650
4-Door Sedan SX 22 34 $25,040 $26,800
4-Door Sedan SX w/Chrome Limited Pkg 22 34 $25,040 $26,800
4-Door Sedan SX w/Limited Pkg 22 34 $25,040 $26,800
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,990
$20,400
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,845
$21,350
Monthly Payment Estimate
$347 / month
$356 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line Marginally less refined than the last version, today's VW Passat hits important marks with excellent diesel fuel economy, superior passenger space and top safety scores. The 2013 Kia Optima adds generous dashes of style and sophistication to what's otherwise a sensible, frugal, and spacious mid-size sedan.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 22 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 32 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Midsize Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 37.8 37.60
Second Shoulder Room (in) 57.0 55.71
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 45.47
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 54.65
Second Leg Room (in) 39.1 34.65
Front Head Room (in) 38.3 39.96
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 54.49
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.9 57.28
Passenger Volume (ft³) 102.0 102.17
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 58.5 57.28
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.0 63.03
Wheelbase (in) 110.4 110.04
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.2 72.05
Track Width, Front (in) 62.1 63.03
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.4 5.31
Length, Overall (in) 191.6 190.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.9 15.43
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.5 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.4 35.76
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.0 2.94
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) NA NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.4 - TBD -
Tires
Spare Tire Size - TBD - NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P215/60TR16 P205/65R16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P215/60TR16 P205/65R16
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3166 3223
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 9.0 3.6
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 600
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 140 110
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 170 @ 5700 200 @ 6300
Engine Type Gas I5 Gas I4
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 26 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 32 35
Transmission
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.66 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.60 3.38
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.12 2.63
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.65 2.88
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.86 1.38
Trans Description Cont. Manual Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.77
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.78 4.21
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.27 1.80
Trans Type 5 6
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sdn Sedan
Vehicle Name Volkswagen Passat Kia Optima
Suspension
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 -
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 -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 NA
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.0 NA
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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