2010 Volkswagen Passat vs. Its Competition

2010 Volkswagen Passat
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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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Whether as a sedan or wagon, the 2010 Volkswagen Passat handles family business, performing with more grace than most mid-size models, with an understated stylishness shining through.
The 2010 Chevrolet Malibu remains one of the strongest players in the mid-size sedan segments, though its rivals are certainly worth a look.
If you seek proof that Detroit in general, and Ford in particular, can build a comfortable, high-quality, fine-driving, and hyper-efficient sedan that is more than competitive, look to the 2010 Ford Fusion.
The 2010 Nissan Altima remains one of the sportier choices among mid-size sedans, though if interior space matters, it might not feel as roomy as rivals.
The 2010 Subaru Outback isn’t especially swoopy or fast, and it hardly carries a luxe image. But with more interior refinement and new features, along with rutted-trail ability that sidelines tough-looking rivals, this Subaru will win more fans.
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Gas Mileage    
22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Gas Turbocharged I4Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas 4-Cyl
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Mid-SizeMidsizeMid-Size SedanMidsizeMid-Size Station Wagon
Style Name    
4-Door DSG Komfort FWD SULEV *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan S FWD4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.54-Door Wagon H4 Manual 2.5i
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door Sdn4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Wagon
Automatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/ODManualContinuously VariableManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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