2020 Volkswagen Passat vs. Its Competition

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Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

Among mid-size sedans, the Passat’s low price and long warranty may be compelling, but there are better picks out there.

The Honda Accord and Toyota Camry lead the class, with efficient powertrains and good interior tech and space.

The Hyundai Sonata’s bold exterior look is a breath of fresh air.

The Kia Optima offers similarly good space and a compelling price.

The Chevy Malibu is aged, but discounts should be plentiful on that sedan.

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Quick Specs
The 2020 VW Passat’s new-look exterior comes for free; it’s the same price or less than the outgoing version.
The 2020 Chevrolet Malibu is a handsome mid-size sedan that’s overshadowed by competitors in terms of standard features.
The 2020 Honda Accord is one of the best sedans available, a must-drive for any shopper.
The Hyundai Sonata finds its magic again for 2020, with a distinctive luxury-car vibe plus some features you won’t find in rival sedans.
The 2020 Toyota Camry has more personality than ever thanks to a new TRD version.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
23 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 47 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 54 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 53 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
Midsize CarsMidsize CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsMidsize Cars
Style Name    
2.0T S Automatic4-Door Sedan LLX 1.5T CVTSE 2.5LL Automatic (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Automatic w/ODAutomaticCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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