2018 Volkswagen Passat vs. Its Competition

2018 Volkswagen Passat
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

No mid-size sedan better balances sportiness with comfort than the Honda Accord.

If wintry driving is a part of your commute, look long and hard at the Subaru Legacy with its standard all-wheel drive and its roomy interior.

The Ford Fusion is the super model of mid-size sedans, even if this older design is beginning to gray at its temples.

Mazda’s 6 is lithe and agile, if underpowered and frustrating in the infotainment department.

Consumers are loyal to the Toyota Camry, but we’re not entirely sure why since the latest redesign is exactly as good as it needs to be—but little more.

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Quick Specs
6.5
The 2018 Volkswagen Passat does little wrong, but its stoicism means it isn’t much fun.
7.3
The six-year-old 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid remains a handsome, comfortable mid-size sedan with good fuel efficiency and a plug-in hybrid option, but competitors now boast higher EPA ratings.
6.7
The 2018 Mazda 6 is a stylish, good handling sedan that finally has the underhood muscle to match.
7.2
The 2018 Subaru Legacy may be the best mid-size sedan that buyers largely miss. It skips performance for a good safety record and relative value—not bad things.
7.2
The 2018 Toyota Camry remains among the most competitive mid-size sedans, with a sleeker design, higher fuel economy, and carefully calibrated features and options for every buyer.
MSRP From    
$22,995$22,215$21,950$22,195$23,645
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 53 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Mid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name    
2.0T S AutomaticS FWDSport Manual2.5iL Automatic (SE)
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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