2016 Volkswagen Passat vs 2016 Toyota Camry

When it comes to best sellers, both Volkswagen and Toyota have good things going with their midsize sedan options, which only makes it harder for the consumer to choose. When comparing the 2016 Volkswagen Passat vs 2016 Toyota Camry, do you pick the less expensive option offered by VW, or the quiet ride of the Toyota Camry? Though Toyota has built a strong foundation thanks to a host of popular models within its lineup, its price sits higher than what Volkswagen offers, and for the money it isn’t better in any significant way. Fuel economy numbers are similar, but those who spend a lot of time on the highway may notice a difference in the long run, and the numbers fall in favor of the Passat. The same is true in almost every category, from roominess to power to technology. VW just comes out on top.

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2016 Volkswagen Passat vs 2016 Toyota Camry
$22,440 Starting MSRP $23,070
1.8-liter turbo 4-cylinder Base Engine 2.5-liter 4-cylinder
170hp Horsepower 178hp
184 lb-ft Torque 170 lb-ft
25 city/38 hwy MPG 25 city/35 hwy
15.9 cu. ft. Cargo Space 15.4 cu. ft.

Differences between the 2016 Volkswagen Passat vs 2016 Toyota Camry

In some ways these two midsize sedans are very similar. When it comes to passenger volume, the 2016 Volkswagen Passat falls just slightly below the 2016 Toyota Camry, delivering 102 cubic feet of space compared to 102.7 cubic feet. When it comes to cargo space, the Passat jumps slightly ahead with 15.9 cubic feet compared to 15.4 cubic feet. Are you going to notice a difference? Probably not. Just as you may find the power figures to be relatively similar, with the Camry jumping ahead by 8 horsepower but falling behind in torque by 14 pound-feet. If opting for the V6 option, however, the Passat easily wins the power category. Both models also come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission, meaning you’ll not be forced to choose based on the drivetrain either.

So for two midsize sedans that appear to be so similar, why would you choose the 2016 Volkswagen Passat over the Toyota Camry? One reason might be styling, as the German-refinement of the Volkswagen Passat offers elegant styling compared to the Camry’s bulky mesh grille. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so if this doesn’t sway you then the standard features might. The 2016 Toyota Camry comes standard with a 6.1-inch screen, while the Passat only has a 5-inch screen, but upgrade to the SE trim level and you get a 6.3-inch screen that comes with features not even available for the Camry: Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink. Toyota does have some app integration on higher trims, but it isn’t as intuitive as these programs that mimic the smartphone you already use.

Both vehicles have Bluetooth, a USB port, automatic headlights, power windows and locks, a rearview camera and a six-speaker audio system. The Passat adds on the “coming home” feature, which keeps the lights lit for visibility while you walk to the door, and dual-zone climate control. The best way to find out if the 2016 Volkswagen Passat is the right choice for you is to stop by New Century Volkswagen to check out our inventory and take it for a test drive.

2016 Volkswagen Passat Reflex Silver Metallic
2016 Volkswagen Passat Piano Black Interior
2016 Volkswagen Passat Easy Release Trunk
2016 Volkswagen Passat Taillight Design

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