2009 Volkswagen Passat Sedan vs. Its Competition

2009 Volkswagen Passat Sedan
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

For 2009 the Passat line is cut to a single four-cylinder model, while those who want the VR6 engine will now have to go for the more expensive CC.

The Toyota Camry is a best seller that in current form is still the mid-size benchmark, with a spacious interior, a soft ride, and respectable performance, but it suffers from subpar interior materials and build quality that isn’t always perfect.

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 feels quite sporty.

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.

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Quick Specs
7.8
Compared to most mid-size sedans, the 2009 Volkswagen Passat is roomier and sportier, and it offers more comfort and luxury.
8.6
The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu is a top contender in its class in almost every way.
8.2
The 2009 Ford Fusion is a great choice for those who place their priorities on style and handling, but if interior space matters to you, look elsewhere.
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.
9.0
Whether you're looking for a comfy commuter in the $20,000 range or a luxurious, powerful $30,000 family sedan, the newly redesigned 2008 Honda Accord should be on your shortlist.
8.4
The 2008 Nissan Altima is a little sportier, though not less sensible.
MSRP From     
$28,300$21,605$19,035$19,145$20,360$18,620
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas Turbocharged I4Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
Mid-SizeMidsizeMid-Size SedanMid-SizeLargeMidsize
Style Name     
4-Door Automatic Komfort FWD4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan I4 S FWD4-Door Sedan I4 Manual (Natl)4-Door I4 Manual LX4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door Sdn4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManualManual w/ODManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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