Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Volkswagen Passat VS 2018 Toyota Camry Near New Bern, NC

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2018 Volkswagen Passat

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2018 Volkswagen Passat

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2018 Toyota Camry

Safety Comparison

Both the Passat and the Camry have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Passat the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 136 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Camry has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

The Passat comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The Camry’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 3 years and 36,000 miles sooner.

The Passat’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Camry’s (10 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

The Volkswagen Passat’s engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the Camry’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Volkswagen Passat V6 is faster than the Camry XSE/XLE 3.5 DOHC V6:




Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

5.8 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.1 sec

9.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14 sec

14.5 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.6 sec

2.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

14.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100.9 MPH

99.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Volkswagen Passat uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 3.6 DOHC V6 engine for maximum performance). The Camry XSE/XLE requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Passat has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Camry L’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Passat has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Camry LE/SE/XLE/XSE’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 16 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Passat’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Camry:




Front Rotors

12.3 inches

12 inches

The Passat stops shorter than the Camry:





60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Passat has larger standard tires than the Camry (215/55R17 vs. 205/65R16).

The Passat S’ standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Camry L’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Passat has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Camry doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Passat SE handles at .83 G’s, while the Camry XLE pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Passat SEL Premium executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Camry XLE (26.9 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.3 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Passat’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Camry L/LE’s (36.4 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The Passat’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Camry SE/XLE/XSE’s (36.4 feet vs. 38 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Passat has .3 inches more front legroom, 1.1 inches more rear legroom and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Camry.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Passat has a larger trunk than the Camry (15.9 vs. 15.1 cubic feet).

The Passat’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Camry L doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Passat’s available trunk can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Camry doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

When three different drivers share the Passat SEL Premium, the memory seats make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Camry doesn’t offer memory seats.

The Passat SE Technology Package/SEL Premium’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Camry’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Passat R-Line/SE/SEL to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Camry doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Consumer Reports rated the Passat’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Camry’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Passat (except S/R-Line/GT) offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Camry doesn’t offer cornering lights.

When the Passat SEL Premium is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Camry’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

Both the Passat and the Camry offer available heated front seats. The Passat also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Camry.

The Passat SEL Premium’s Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Camry doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Volkswagen Passat and the Toyota Camry, based on reliability, safety and performance.

Motor Trend selected the Passat as their 2012 Car of the Year. The Camry was Car of the Year in 2007.

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