Compared to most other mid-size sedans, the 2008 Volkswagen Passat has a poise and sophistication that’s unrivalled by any of these other models, except for maybe the Accord and Malibu.
The new Accord has an especially attractive interior design, while the new Malibu combines a good-looking instrument panel design and comfortable seats with one of the smoothest rides in this class.
The Ford Fusion and Nissan Altima both forgo some ride comfort for sportiness; in the case of the Fusion, its interior is quite basic and road noise is higher than in most of the other models, but it’s especially fun to drive, with great steering.
The Altima’s backseat is smaller than the others', and its ride a bit firmer, but it also feels quite sporty.
Then there’s the Toyota Camry, the best-seller that in current form is still a mid-size benchmark, with a spacious interior, soft ride, and respectable performance.
But it suffers from subpar interior materials and build quality that isn’t always perfect.
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|2008 Volkswagen Passat SedanBrowse Used Listings||2009 Toyota CamryBrowse Used Listings||2008 Nissan AltimaBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy|
|Gas Turbocharged I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|4-Door Manual Turbo FWD||4-Door Sedan I4 Manual (Natl)||4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sdn||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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|2008 Volkswagen Passat Sedan vs. 2009 Toyota Camry||2008 Volkswagen Passat Sedan vs. 2008 Nissan Altima|