Here Are 5 Things to Know About the 2015 Volkswagen Passat:
1. It may be priced similarly to midsize sedans like the Honda Accord, but it's sized closer to a full-size sedan. The backseat has abundant room for adults and rear-facing child seats, and the trunk is bigger than those of most competitors.
2. The standard turbocharged four-cylinder delivers energetic acceleration that can't be beat for a base engine in the segment. It's not as fuel-efficient, but if that's important, the diesel-powered TDI model offers the best fuel economy in the segment: the EPA estimates 34 combined ... and we managed 50 on the highway. It also gets 10 more horsepower for 2015.
3. The Passat is impressively quiet and comfortable, making it a great long-distance cruiser. However, its driving experience isn't as engaging as that of its top rivals.
4. The Passat's tech interface isn't as advanced or as user-friendly as those of top rivals. Interior quality is also disappointing. Some rivals are nicer and we've come to expect more from Volkswagen.
5. Although the Passat is competitively priced and reasonably equipped, a rearview camera is not standard, and high-tech accident avoidance technologies are not available.
We gave the Passat a "B" rating, finding that it falls just short of the stiff competition posed by our top-rated family sedans: the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Mazda 6, Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry.