The Volkswagen Passat is a conservative approach in a segment dominated by the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.
The interior of the Passat may be a little more straight-laced than even the Toyota Camry, but we actually prefer the VW infotainment system (and its available Apple CarPlay) above the Toyota unit.
Honda's updated Accord (and new Accord Hybrid) are very good, and we give it the narrow lead in the segment.
Hyundai's Sonata is value-priced and comes in under the Passat, but we like the VW's ride.
Subaru's Legacy offers all-wheel drive—the VW does not—but its best deal is found closer to $30,000.
The Nissan Altima offers a better driving position, but its powertrain and price leave us scratching our heads.
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|2017 Volkswagen PassatBrowse Used Listings||2017 Hyundai SonataBrowse Used Listings||2017 Nissan AltimaBrowse Used Listings||2017 Subaru LegacyBrowse Used Listings||2017 Toyota CamryBrowse Used Listings|
|20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 45 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded H-4||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Mid-Size Cars||Large Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Mid-Size Cars|
|1.8T S Automatic||2.4L||2.5 Sedan||2.5i||LE Automatic (Natl)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel||Front Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||CVT w/OD||CVT w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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|2017 Volkswagen Passat vs. 2017 Hyundai Sonata||2017 Volkswagen Passat vs. 2017 Nissan Altima||2017 Volkswagen Passat vs. 2017 Subaru Legacy||2017 Volkswagen Passat vs. 2017 Toyota Camry|