2021 Volkswagen Passat vs. Its Competition

2021 Volkswagen Passat
Robert Duffer Robert Duffer Senior Editor

If there’s any question as to why the Passat hasn’t sold well, take a look across the lot at the roomy and compelling Volkswagen Tiguan crossover SUV.

The Honda Accord and Toyota Camry lead the class with efficient engines and more efficient hybrids, and the Camry comes with all-wheel drive, same as the Subaru Legacy.

Don’t overlook the striking Hyundai Sonata and Kia K5, formerly the Optima, which both received stylish redesigns loaded with good standard features.

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Quick Specs
5.7
The 2021 Volkswagen Passat base model offers good value at a time when new car prices are spiking.
7.0
More tech this year makes the 2021 Honda Accord a compelling buy, but the options can rack up.
7.3
The 2021 Hyundai Sonata wears luxury threads in pricey models, but all versions get excellent safety and warranty coverage.
7.2
The 2021 Subaru Legacy aces its value and safety tests, and gets a pass on the rest.
7.0
The 2021 Toyota Camry elevates its family-sedan game with grabby looks and hybrid power.
6.2
The 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan compact crossover is spacious and comfortable, and also the league-leader in modesty,
MSRP From     
$23,995$24,970$23,950$22,895$25,045$25,245
Gas Mileage     
24 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 54 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 53 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded H-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Midsize CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsMidsize CarsSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
2.0T S AutomaticLX 1.5T CVTSE 2.5LCVTLE Automatic (Natl)2.0T S FWD
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555557
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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