The Volkswagen Passat has a lot going for it, and part of what makes it such a strong entry is its packaging—far more spacious and useful than many of its rivals, which are compromised in back-seat space due to swoopy rooflines.
The Honda Accord is lean and refined, and is now available in an impressive Hybrid model.
The Camry's a bit smaller, especially in its back seat; its refresh this last year greatly improves its aesthetic, while its Hybrid model now has higher fuel economy than ever.
The Nissan Altima is a formidable entry here, with great fuel economy, an impressive feature list, and good comfort, although some won't like its continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).
The Hyundai Sonata was redesigned last year, with a far more refined cabin experience yet a more conservative look.
The related Kia Optima gets a similar revamp for 2016, with much-improved ride quality and interior refinement.
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|2016 Volkswagen PassatBrowse Used Listings||2016 Hyundai SonataBrowse Used Listings||2016 Kia OptimaBrowse Used Listings||2016 Nissan AltimaBrowse Used Listings||2016 Toyota CamryBrowse Used Listings|
|20 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Mid-Size Cars||Large Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Mid-Size Cars|
|4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic S||4-Door Sedan 2.4L PZEV||4-Door Sedan LX Turbo||4-Door Sedan I4 2.5||4-Door Sedan I4 Automatic LE (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||CVT w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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|2016 Volkswagen Passat vs. 2016 Hyundai Sonata||2016 Volkswagen Passat vs. 2016 Kia Optima||2016 Volkswagen Passat vs. 2016 Nissan Altima||2016 Volkswagen Passat vs. 2016 Toyota Camry|