2016 Volkswagen Passat vs 2016 Hyundai Sonata

In a vehicle class filled to the brim with viable competitors, how does a midsize sedan stand out? When Volkswagen first debuted the current Passat generation, it was clearly meant to compete directly with the Camrys and Accords that maintained a firm grip on the midsize market back in 2012. While 2016 doesn't bring a full redesign for Passat, there are noticeable updates that prove VW still understands how quickly the segment can evolve. Compare the 2016 Volkswagen Passat vs 2016 Hyundai Sonata and discover the nuances for yourself.

The Sonata is a successful car, there's no doubt about that -- the reality of the matter, though, is that nearly all of the mid-sizers in this class are successful; shoppers need to examine the small details of each entrant to really make a smart purchase.

2016 Volkswagen Passat vs 2016 Hyundai Sonata
1.8L turbocharged four-cylinder Base engine 2.4L four-cylinder
29 mpg Fuel economy 30 mpg
184 pound-feet Torque 178 pound-feet
39.1 in. Rear legroom 35.6 in.

Even while crossovers are finally outselling sedans as family-favorites across the country, Hyundai's Sonata still outsells both of its Hyundai crossover siblings, and here's the reward for that performance: Sonata is the first car in the lineup to have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and it gets a standard touchscreen upgrade. Other base equipment on the 2016 Sonata includes 16-inch wheels, rear spoiler, automatic headlights, cruise control, heated mirrors, rearview camera, Blue Link telematics interface, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a six-speaker audio system with a USB port and satellite radio.

Passat packs 16-inch wheels, automatic headlights, a 5-inch touchscreen with a rearview camera, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a six-speaker audio system with a USB port. 2016 Passat offers multiple opportunities to customize the sedan to your tastes and budget, including a V6 engine option that the Sonata simply doesn't have. The Passat's turbocharged base engine is also noticeably more athletic than the Sonata's right out of the gate.

The 2016 Volkswagen Passat can easily hold its head high among the midsize sedan giants. If sedans made you sleepy in the past, test drive the Passat before you cave to the crossover frenzy. We promise you won't regret it.

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