2019 Volkswagen Passat vs. Its Competition

2019 Volkswagen Passat
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

Mid-size sedans are no longer boring—well, with the exception of the Passat.

The Mazda 6 delivers sharp handling and lots of style, even if its infotainment software can frustrate.

The Honda Accord has few faults.

We named it our Best Car to Buy 2018, and we still love it.

Subaru’s Legacy won the same award a few years prior and it’s aging gracefully with its standard active safety tech and all-wheel drive.

The Ford Fusion is still the prettiest in the segment, but Ford doesn’t plan to redesign it.

That means that big discounts should be available.

This year’s newcomer is the redesigned Nissan Altima, which promises turbo power and all-wheel-drive grip (albeit not together for some reason).

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Quick Specs
The 2019 Volkswagen Passat is roomy and has a luxurious ride, but rivals have eclipsed it in almost every other way.
The 2019 Ford Fusion’s good looks get shoppers in the door, but this sedan is starting to show its age.
The 2019 Nissan Altima is a sharper sedan now, made better with great active safety features and a newly available turbo-4.
The 2019 Subaru Legacy is no thrill machine, but this under-the-radar mid-size sedan is hard to beat for its comfort, safety, and value.
The 2018 Mazda 6 is a stylish, good handling sedan that finally has the underhood muscle to match.
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Gas Mileage    
25 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4
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2.0T Wolfsburg Edition AutomaticSE FWD2.5 S Sedan2.5iSport Manual
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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