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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|2009 Volkswagen Passat SedanBrowse Used Listings||2009 Chevrolet MalibuBrowse Used Listings||2009 Ford FusionBrowse Used Listings||2009 Toyota CamryBrowse Used Listings||2008 Honda Accord SedanBrowse Used Listings||2008 Nissan AltimaBrowse Used Listings|
|19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy|
|Gas Turbocharged I4||Gas 4-Cyl||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|4-Door Automatic Komfort FWD||4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS||4-Door Sedan I4 S FWD||4-Door Sedan I4 Manual (Natl)||4-Door I4 Manual LX||4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.5|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sdn||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD|
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|2009 Volkswagen Passat Sedan vs. 2009 Chevrolet Malibu||2009 Volkswagen Passat Sedan vs. 2009 Ford Fusion||2009 Volkswagen Passat Sedan vs. 2009 Toyota Camry||2009 Volkswagen Passat Sedan vs. 2008 Honda Accord Sedan||2009 Volkswagen Passat Sedan vs. 2008 Nissan Altima|