2013 Volkswagen Passat vs. Its Competition

2013 Volkswagen Passat
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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.

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2013 Hyundai Sonata 4-door Sedan 2.4L Auto Limited Angular Front Exterior View2013 Hyundai Sonata
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2013 Kia Optima Hybrid 4-door Sedan 2.4L Auto LX Angular Front Exterior View2013 Kia Optima
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2013 Nissan Altima 3.5SL2013 Nissan Altima
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Quick Specs
7.8
Marginally less refined than the last version, today's VW Passat hits important marks with excellent diesel fuel economy, superior passenger space and top safety scores.
8.6
With a standout design; perky performance; great gas mileage; and exceptional value for the money, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata is one of the best buys among mid-size sedans.
8.4
The 2013 Kia Optima adds generous dashes of style and sophistication to what's otherwise a sensible, frugal, and spacious mid-size sedan.
8.2
Briskly updated in the right ways, the 2013 Nissan Altima sedan promises good looks and great gas mileage for those who don't mind a CVT.
7.6
The 2013 Toyota Camry is no standout for design, but it's more than ever the sensible pick for those who value comfort, value, and frugality above all else.
MSRP From    
$20,845$20,895$21,350$21,760$22,235
Gas Mileage    
20 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I5Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
Mid-SizeLarge CarsMidsize CarsMidsizeMidsize
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S4-Door Sedan 2.4L Automatic GLS *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan LX4-Door Sedan I4 2.54-Door Sedan I4 Automatic L (GS)
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door SdnSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission    
ManualAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/manual shiftContinuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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