• james myers avatar james myers Posted: 6/22/2012 4:52pm PDT

    A friend has a new Passat TDI sedan and loves the mileage because he uses his car for business. I love the exterior looks of the car, clean, elegant and no gimmicks. The interior is another issue as stated in this article. It is plain, rather cheap looking, but comfortable. I haven't seen a new Altima, but it looks nice except for that ugly Camry-like grille surround and that crappy transmission.

  • fb_100000641225953 avatar Bill Posted: 6/22/2012 10:55am PDT

    I still don't understand why you rate the Passat much lower than any of the other automotive testers? You seem to put more value in trendy styling and added fluff in the accessory department then outstanding handling, ride and economy. I've had a 2012 TDI Passat for 6 months and 12,000 miles and it is by far the best car I have ever owned and I have owned a lot of cars.

  • drell1emc avatar drell1emc Posted: 6/22/2012 3:11pm PDT

    you should judge the base altima with the base passat, but comparing the base altima specs with the more costly passat TDI specs is cheating! shame on you!

  • drell1emc avatar drell1emc Posted: 6/22/2012 3:22pm PDT

    $4-5k more is not fair!

  • fb_100000641225953 avatar Bill Posted: 6/22/2012 4:42pm PDT

    It is completely fair. Lets check on the values in 3 or 4 years. You will get the extra money back and then some. On a model to model basis, it is only around 3K extra. In the mean time you will have a lot more fun.

  • drell1emc avatar drell1emc Posted: 6/22/2012 5:23pm PDT

    no you should have not mentioned the lower price passat or should have used the TDI price in your chart.
    It's misleading.

  • fb_100000641225953 avatar Bill Posted: 6/22/2012 6:00pm PDT

    It's not $4-5K more, but 3k more and if you base buying decisions on first cost you are probably going to buy the wrong vehicle.

  • drell1emc avatar drell1emc Posted: 6/22/2012 6:35pm PDT

    they have different trim levels for a reason, you should have listed the as tested price, period!
    The price levels do matter, if it didn't I would be driving a aston martin, instead of a acura RL. MISLEADING MISLEADING MISLEADING

  • fb_1620175433 avatar William Posted: 1/23/2013 6:40pm PST

    The VW Passat is made for the dull, boring, CHEAP Germans. It is dull and boring and still overpriced considering you get less for the money even though it is built in the US. One standard feature VW has provided free of charge for years, however, is its poor reliability. I'd say VW owners are masochists who love to visit their dealers for repairs and abuse.

  • fb_1062099260 avatar Peter Posted: 1/24/2013 12:03pm PST

    Hands down the Passat is much more handsome and a grown up car.While Altima is in the half way between Corolla and Camry while Passat is close to Avalon.The over all impression is that you spent much more money in the Passat and you get greater comfort.No contest!