These Volkswagen Passat alternatives will help you say goodbye to VW’s mid-size sedan
German automaker Volkswagen has been making the mid-size sedan Passat for decades. But the 2022 model year will be the last year of the Volkswagen Passat. For midsize sedan buyers, that could be bad news. However, there are many Volkswagen Passat alternatives on the market today, including vehicles like the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry.
Why did Volkswagen cancel the Passat?
Volkswagen is discontinuing the Passat due to sales. In fact, Volkswagen reports that 24,396 models were sold in 2021. That’s 6.2% more than last year, but less than half of what Volkswagen’s other sedan — the Jetta — sold in the same year.
The sale isn’t the only reason why the VW sedan is being discontinued. USA Today reports that the Volkswagen Passat has had problems in recent years. “The diesel version of the car was one of the vehicles that cheated on emissions standards in the major VW scandal, resulting in it being scrapped under a negotiated trade-in program,” reports USA Today.
As passenger car sales decline, more and more automakers are expanding SUV and pickup truck options as well. “Automobiles now account for between 1 in 4 and 1 in 5 new car sales, depending on the month, after declining about half a decade ago,” USA Today explained.
Volkswagen isn’t the only one to have killed a sedan in its lineup, either. Several other small cars have recently been discontinued, including the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris.
And the Volkswagen Passat 2022? Volkswagen will make nearly 2,000 units in the US for the final model year. The discontinuation of the VW sedan makes way for the ID.4 all-electric SUV, which will be manufactured at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Check out these Volkswagen Passat alternatives
The mid-size sedan Passat has been a fixture in the segment for years. TrueCar actually called it a “classic family sedan” and ranked it the sixth best midsize car of 2022. And while the Passat’s cancellation is disappointing, if you’re looking for something similar, there are plenty of Volkswagen Passat alternatives available.
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The 2022 Honda Accord is a popular mid-size sedan
The Honda Accord is one of the most popular mid-size sedans on the market. Honda reports that it sold more than 202,000 units in the US in 2021.
The base 1.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine gives the Accord similar performance figures (192 hp, 192 lb-ft of torque) as the Volkswagen Passat (174 and 206). At 33 combined miles per gallon (mpg), it’s a lot more economical than the Passat 28. And if cargo space is important? It has more of that. The Accord’s 16.7 cubic feet of cargo space beats the Passat’s 15.9.
TrueCar also ranks the Accord ahead of the Passat, noting how fun it is to drive. Additionally, Kelley Blue Book (KBB) and US News & World Report agree that the Accord is the best midsize car for 2022. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) also named the 2022 Honda Accord a Top Safety Tip+.
TrueCar calls the 2022 Hyundai Sonata a great value
Hyundai’s mid-size sedan tops TrueCar’s list as the best mid-size car of 2022. The base Sonata trim has slightly more horsepower (191) than the Passat but less torque (181 lb-ft). Like the Accord, the base Sonata is powered by a four-cylinder in-line engine. At 32 combined mpg, it also gets excellent fuel economy figures. Standard safety features include forward collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning.
TrueCar notes that the Accord is more fun to drive, but the Sonata represents better value. Hyundai states Sonata’s starting MSRP is $24,500. That’s $3,000 less than the deal. It also has Hyundai’s impressive warranties: five years or 60,000 miles bumper-to-bumper, 10 years or 100,000 miles on the powertrain, seven years of unlimited miles corrosion coverage and five years of unlimited miles roadside assistance.
The Hyundai Sonata is a good alternative to the Volkswagen Passat if you are looking for value for money and an excellent car warranty.
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The 2022 Toyota Camry is a mid-size sedan for every type of driver
The Toyota Camry is one of the most popular mid-size sedans on the market. Under the hood of the base Camry is a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine that achieves 32 mpg combined. With a total of 13 equipment options, there is something for every type of driver.
Compared to the Passat, the base-model Toyota Camry offers more power (203 hp to 174) but has less cargo space (15.1 cubic feet). It’s also an IIHS Top Safety Pick+.
Additionally, US News ranks the Camry among the best midsize cars of 2022, behind the Accord. The four-wheel drive and V6 options are pluses for the Camry. But reviewers note that the Accord drives better, has more cargo space, and has a premium cabin.
The Nissan Altima is one of the brand’s best-selling models
Nissan’s entry into the mid-size sedan market, the Altima is one of the car brand‘s best-selling models. Like the Sonata and Camry, the Altima is powered by a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine that achieves 32 combined mpg. The Altima is also close to the Sonata in terms of power (188 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque).
US News places the Altima sixth out of eight cars in its midsize car ranking. The fuel economy, muted ride and available all-wheel drive are strong suits for the Altima. But US News bangs the Altima for interior quality and not as fun to drive as others in the segment.
Reviewers note that both the Camry and Accord are better options. The Camry has better handling, more standard safety features, and a hybrid drive option. The Accord has a better cabin, more cargo space, more powerful engines and superior handling. Like the Accord and Camry, the Altima is a Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS.
The mid-size sedan segment offers many Volkswagen Passat alternatives
While the Volkswagen Passat has been cancelled, the good news is that if you find yourself buying a mid-size sedan, there are plenty of other worthwhile options on the market. To find out which is the best option for you, we recommend that you take a few test drives.
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