Now that the Passat has been cut down to a single model, Volkswagen leaves all the more expensive competition—with V-6 engines and all-wheel drive—to the flagship CC.
There isn't much direct competition for the Passat wagon; its closest rival might be the Subaru Outback, which comes with standard all-wheel drive and a flat-four engine that, together, provide more go-anywhere ability but not nearly the sophistication of the Passat wagon.
Among sedans, the Honda Accord is a larger sedan but feels surprisingly refined, almost lavish, even in base four-cylinder form.
The Chevrolet Malibu is also worth considering; it 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 feels quite sporty.
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|22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy|
|Gas Turbocharged I4||Gas 4-Cyl||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas 4-Cyl|
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|4-Door DSG Komfort FWD SULEV *Ltd Avail*||4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS||4-Door Sedan S FWD||4-Door I4 Manual LX||4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.5||4-Door Wagon H4 Manual 2.5i|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sdn||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Wagon|
|Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic w/OD||Manual||Manual||Continuously Variable||Manual|