2008 Volkswagen Passat Sedan vs. Its Competition

2008 Volkswagen Passat Sedan 4-door Auto Turbo FWD Front Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

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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7.8
The 2008 Volkswagen Passat is a roomy, comfortable mid-size sedan that feels sportier and more luxurious than most.
7.6
The 2009 Toyota Camry remains one of the best choices for those looking for a reliable and roomy—albeit plainly dressed—family sedan.
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The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
MSRP From  
$23,990$19,145$18,620
Gas Mileage  
16 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Gas Turbocharged I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class  
Mid-SizeMid-SizeMidsize
Style Name  
4-Door Manual Turbo FWD4-Door Sedan I4 Manual (Natl)4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5
Drivetrain  
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
555
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
4 Door Sdn4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission  
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD