The VW Arteon attempts to bridge the gap between mainstream and upmarket.
VW’s new fastback starts about where the Honda Accord and Mazda 6 leave off.
The base Arteon is modestly equipped compared to a loaded-up Accord Touring or Mazda 6 Grand Touring Reserve, and it’s hard to recommend it over those two solid choices.
Add a few options and the Arteon encroaches on cut-rate luxury car, however, and we’d shop it against the Acura TLX and Volvo S60, which are less spacious inside and not as feature-laden for the money.
The Nissan Maxima tries to have a sporty bent, but it winds up feeling half-baked compared to the Arteon.
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|2019 Volkswagen Arteon||2019 Acura TLX||2019 Mazda MAZDA6||2019 Nissan Maxima||2019 Volvo S60|
|20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Premium Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Premium Unleaded V-6||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4|
|Mid-Size Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Compact Cars|
|SE FWD||2.4L FWD||Sport Automatic||S 3.5L||T5 FWD Momentum|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||CVT w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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|2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs. 2019 Acura TLX||2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs. 2019 Mazda MAZDA6||2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs. 2019 Nissan Maxima||2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs. 2019 Volvo S60|