2016 Volkswagen Passat vs. Its Competition

2016 Volkswagen Passat
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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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Quick Specs
8.0
The 2016 Volkswagen Passat gets a little more excitement in its features and details, while staying safe where it counts.
8.4
Spacious and fuel efficient, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata is a worthy rival for America's best-selling family sedan.
8.8
The 2016 Kia Optima is better than its game-changing predecessor in nearly every way—except it’s a little less distinct.
8.2
A new SR model brings some driving fun back to the 2016 Nissan Altima, while preserving its mainstream family-sedan appeal.
7.8
The 2016 Toyota Camry offers a controlled ride and plenty of interior comfort, making it pleasant for the driver and passengers alike.
MSRP From    
$22,440$21,300$22,140$22,500$23,070
Gas Mileage    
20 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Mid-Size CarsLarge CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan 1.8T Automatic S4-Door Sedan 2.4L PZEV4-Door Sedan LX Turbo4-Door Sedan I4 2.54-Door Sedan I4 Automatic LE (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    
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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