Compare 2015 Volkswagen Passat vs 2014 Hyundai Sonata

2015 Volkswagen Passat
2014 Hyundai Sonata
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4-Door Sedan Manual PZEV 1.8T S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual 1.8T S 24 35 $20,465 $21,340
4-Door Sedan Manual PZEV 1.8T S 24 35 $20,465 $21,340
4-Door Sedan Automatic 1.8T S 24 36 $21,520 $22,440
4-Door Sedan Automatic 1.8T Limited Edition 24 36 $23,011 $23,995
4-Door Sedan Automatic PZEV 1.8T Limited Edition 24 36 $23,011 $23,995
4-Door Sedan Automatic 1.8T Wolfsburg Ed 24 36 $23,377 $24,375
4-Door Sedan Automatic PZEV 1.8T Wolfsburg Ed 24 36 $23,377 $24,375
4-Door Sedan Automatic 1.8T SE 24 36 $25,203 $26,280
4-Door Sedan Manual 1.8T Sport 24 35 $25,810 $26,915
4-Door Sedan Manual PZEV 1.8T Sport 24 35 $25,810 $26,915
4-Door Sedan Manual 2.0L TDI SE 30 44 $25,985 $27,095
4-Door Sedan Automatic 1.8T SE w/Sunroof & Nav 24 36 $26,952 $28,105
4-Door Sedan Automatic PZEV 1.8T SE w/Sunroof & Nav 24 36 $26,952 $28,105
4-Door Sedan Automatic 1.8T Sport 24 36 $26,962 $28,115
4-Door Sedan Automatic PZEV 1.8T Sport 24 36 $26,962 $28,115
4-Door Sedan DSG 2.0L TDI SE w/Sunroof 30 42 $27,931 $29,125
4-Door Sedan DSG 2.0L TDI SE w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $29,585 $30,850
4-Door Sedan Automatic 1.8T SEL Premium 24 36 $30,486 $31,790
4-Door Sedan Automatic PZEV 1.8T SEL Premium 24 36 $30,486 $31,790
4-Door Sedan DSG 2.0L TDI SEL Premium 30 42 $32,534 $33,925
4-Door Sedan DSG 3.6L V6 SEL Premium 20 28 $34,519 $35,995
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4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic PZEV GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS 24 35 $20,532 $21,450
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic PZEV GLS 24 35 $20,532 $21,450
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic SE 24 35 $22,978 $24,300
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic SE 21 32 $24,428 $25,850
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic Limited 24 35 $25,231 $27,000
4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic PZEV Limited 24 35 $25,231 $27,000
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Automatic Limited 21 32 $26,760 $28,650
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,465
$20,532
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,340
$21,450
Monthly Payment Estimate
$356 / month
$358 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2015 Volkswagen Passat provides a refreshing alternative to the usual mid-sizers, offering a huge interior and the segment's only diesel engine option. The 2014 Hyundai Sonata remains one of the best buys among mid-size sedans--although with so many much-improved rival models, it's no longer such a standout.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
35 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Cars Large Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57 56.7
Front Head Room (in)
38.3 40
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.9 57.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102 103.8
Second Leg Room (in)
39.1 34.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 45.5
Front Hip Room (in)
- 55.2
Second Hip Room (in)
- 54.9
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.2 72.2
Track Width, Front (in)
62.1 62.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.4 5.3
Length, Overall (in)
191.6 189.8
Height, Overall (in)
58.5 57.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
61 62.9
Wheelbase (in)
110.4 110
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.9 16.4
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.7 11.2
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 11.8
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.4 35.8
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Front Tire Size
P215/60TR16 P205/65HR16
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/60TR16 P205/65HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3172 3245
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 16 X 6.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
330 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 150
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 @ 1500 179 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.8 L/110 2.4 L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
170 @ 4800 190 @ 6300
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
35 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 28
Transmission
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.78 4.21
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.27 1.80
Trans Type
5 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.66 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.65 2.73
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.12 2.64
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.87 1.39
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.60 3.38
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.77
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Passat Hyundai Sonata
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3 (Est) 6.5
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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