Cars.com Names 2016 Volkswagen Passat Best Midsize Sedan

Cars.com Names 2016 Volkswagen Passat Best Midsize Sedan

 

 

In this year’s Cars.com Midsize Challenge, The Volkswagen Passat passed its competitors.

The auto website put the Volkswagen sedan against eight of 2016’s most popular models in its class. The vehicles had to have an automatic transmission, EPA estimate of at least 28 mpg combined, and an MSRP of less than $28,000. Passat’s SE model that was tested has an MSRP of $26,280. It includes features such as VW Car-Net App-Connect technology, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking, heatable front seats, and a sunroof.

A Panel of expert judges and a couple in the market for a new car took to a 220-mile road course. The group checked each car for a number of factors, including:

  • Handling
  • Features
  • Cargo space
  • technology
  • Overall ride

After hitting the course and gathering their findings, the judges released the final rankings as follows:

  1. 2016 Volkswagen Passat
  2. 2016 Kia Optima
  3. 2016 Chevrolet Malibu
  4. 2016 Hyundai Sonata
  5. 2016 Honda Accord
  6. 2016 Subaru Legacy
  7. 2016 Toyota Camry
  8. 2016 Mazda6
  9. 2016 Nissan Altima

“The Passat came in first place with both our expert judges and in-market shoppers,” said Cars.com’s Editor-In-Chief Patrick Olsen. He went on to explain what made the Passat such a hit with judges and drivers. “In addition to the roominess, tech and safety, the standout feature of the Passat is its driving ability. Everyone who drove it unanimously agreed the Passat is plain old fun to drive.” The Passat is no stranger to awards from the automotive site; it has also won Cars.com’s Best of 2012 award. Olsen also pointed out that today’s midsized sedans have upgraded immensely, with better technology, driving ability, and design.

Hinrich J. Woebcken, President & CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, recognized that. He said that they are thrilled to be chosen over such strong competitors. “The Passat offers the perfect combination of sophisticated styling, outstanding App-Connect technology, and the great driving dynamics that Volkswagen is known for, making it an outstanding consumer value.”

You can read their detailed finding on the Cars.com site here.

Of course, feel free to stop by our North Hills and South Hills Volkswagen showrooms if you are interested in checking out a Passat in person.

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