The Volkswagen Passat may be a mid-sized sedan on the outside, but it offers plenty of room on the inside. It is also the only mid-sized sedan with a TDI Clean Diesel available. These two superlatives just only scratch the surface on what the Passat offers. If one phrase would describe the Passat in a nutshell – it is German Engineering.
Is the Passat the right mid-sized family sedan to own? Perhaps a comparison would suffice here. We put the Passat up against the Toyota Camry and the Hyundai Sonata to find out.
|Volkswagen Passat S 1.8T||Toyota Camry||Hyundai Sonata|
|1.8Liter turbocharged I-4 – 170HP||2.5Liter I-4 – 178HP||2.4Liter I-4 - 185HP|
Combined Fuel Economy
|29 MPG||28 MPG||29 MPG|
|3230 lbs.||3240 lbs.||3252 lbs.|
Rear Sear Room (Head/Leg/Hip/Shoulder in inches)
|15.9 cu. Ft.||15.4 cu. Ft.||16.3 cu. Ft.|
There are some clear advantages the Passat has just by looking at the numbers. However, they only tell part of the story. The Passat offers a lot for the money, including Car-Net connected services, the option of Fender Premium Audio and a comfortable space to stretch out over miles of road. To further stretch out those miles – it is worth repeating that the Passat offers the only TDI Clean Diesel in its class, for a 795 mile range on a full tank of gas.
Shopping for a mid-sized family sedan? Try one that is safe – a IIHS Top Pick + for 2014 – and efficient. Try a Passat for size.