2016 Volkswagen Passat vs 2016 Toyota Camry

What do people mean when they talk about vehicles made for the family lifestyle? The first thing to come to mind is obviously spaciousness, as cramped kids are noisy kids, but there’s much more to it than just that. Families are looking for that vehicle that will stand the test of time as babies turn to toddlers, then to run the gamut of K-12. If your vehicle can last through graduation, you’ll be one happy owner, right? The midsize sedan tends to be a popular option for families, as the segment offers a nice balance of roominess and reliability, not to mention teens feel more confident behind the wheel of smaller vehicles when it comes time to learn to drive. Looking at two of popular options within the segment, the 2016 Volkswagen Passat vs 2016 Toyota Camry, it’s clear that there are a variety of factors to consider when looking for the perfect family car. Power, features and economy are just some things to look at in order to help you come to the right decision.

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2016 Volkswagen Passat vs 2016 Toyota Camry
$22,440 Starting MSRP $23,070
25 city/38 hwy Base Fuel Economy 25 city/35 hwy
1.8-liter turbo four;
170 hp, 184 lb-ft of torque
Standard Engine Specs 2.5-liter 4-cylinder;
178 hp, 170 lb-ft of torque
15.9 cu ft Cargo Space 15.4 cu ft

How do you decide between the 2016 VW Passat and Toyota Camry?

You can see from the cart that Volkswagen is offering some stiff competition against Toyota, with a model that not only has a lower starting price, but one that also gets better fuel economy for highway driving. Plus, it manages to do this while offering some fairly similar power figures, falling only slightly behind when it comes to horsepower but making up for it when it comes to torque.

Spaciousness is almost on par between the Passat and Camry, with the Camry offering just .7 cubic feet more passenger space. Turn to the trunk and you’ll find the Passat makes up for this with more cargo room, making both vehicles well-matched when it comes to roominess.

What about dependability? Both models offer a 3-year/36,000-mile new vehicle warranty, while VW sweetens the pot with matching roadside assistance. Similarly, you’ll get the same 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain coverage. Where they differ is corrosion and perforation, as Volkswagen offers a full 12-year/120,000-mile warranty compared to Toyota’s 5-year/unlimited miles warranty. Unless you plan to drive more than 120,000 miles within five years, you can bet VW has Toyota beat.

Standard features in the 2016 Volkswagen Passat include DRLs, a rearview camera, a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth with audio, cruise control, power windows and locks, dual-zone automatic climate control and automatic headlights with the coming/leaving home function. On all but the base trim, you’ll also find App-Connect, which allows you to use Apple CarPlay, Android Auto or MirrorLink in the Passat, features which are entirely absent from every Camry trim.

Think the 2016 Volkswagen Passat might be the right model for you? Stop by Garnet Volkswagen to take it for a test drive and see for yourself.

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upgraded interior design in the 2016 vw passat
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tail lights on the 2016 vw passat in silver paint color

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