Volkswagen challenging Toyota: The new Passat vs. new Camry?

Posted By on August 24, 2011

What is it going to take to make VW the “new people’s car?” With a larger size and lower price, the American built Passat could give domestics and the favored Toyota Camry a run for its money. While the current fuel saving hybrid is not in VW’s powertrain, the interstate frugal TDI diesel is sure to please those living where open road driving is commonplace.

VW doesn’t offer a gas-electric hybrid Passat model to compete with the Camry’s hybrid model or Ford Motor’s Fusion and Hyundai Sonota hybrids. Instead, it has a smooth-performing 2.0 liter diesel engine that’s rated at 43 miles per gallon on the highway. The new Passat gets an eye-popping highway range of up to 795 miles on a tank of gas. Take that, Nissan Leaf.

More important, the new Passat has a lower base price. The cheapest car starts at $19,995—less than the cheapest 2012 Camry.

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EDIT: The new audio system in the Toyota is a step forward tho…

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