The VW Passat is in the thick of the family four-door segment, outpointing most of them on size and almost all of them on fuel economy as a TDI.
The Honda Accord gets a revamp this year with a new plug-in hybrid model, but in overall dimensions it's only marginally different from today's car.
The Camry's a bit smaller, especially in its back seat, but its Hybrid model now has higher fuel economy than ever, with admittedly more complexity and much less driving enthusiasm than the Passat TDI.
Hyundai's Sonata and Kia's Optima bristle with styling confidence and tons of standard features; we don't recommend the hybrid versions for their under-refined powertrains, but the base versions are handy replacements for the base Passat and its graunchy five-cylinder.
The Nissan Altima is a formidable entry here: entry-level models have enviable fuel economy of up to 38 mpg highway, interior space and comfort are excellent, and new features bring it smartly up to date, as does its handsome new look.
|2013 Volkswagen PassatBrowse Used Listings||2013 Honda Accord SedanBrowse Used Listings||2013 Hyundai SonataBrowse Used Listings||2013 Kia OptimaBrowse Used Listings||2013 Nissan AltimaBrowse Used Listings||2013 Toyota CamryBrowse Used Listings|
|20 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I5||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|Mid-Size||Midsize Cars||Large Cars||Midsize Cars||Midsize||Midsize|
|4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S PZEV||4-Door I4 Manual LX||4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS *Ltd Avail*||4-Door Sedan LX||4-Door Sedan I4 2.5||4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic L (Natl)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sdn||4 Door Sedan||Sedan||Sedan||Sedan||Sedan|
|Manual||Manual||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/manual shift||Continuously Variable Ratio||Automatic w/Manual Shift|