2016 Volkswagen Passat vs 2016 Toyota Camry

The mid-sized sedan segment of the auto industry is incredibly competitive. With its exciting redesign, the 2016 Passat is among the highly anticipated vehicles for the new model year. The Toyota Camry, one of the Passat's biggest competitors, also returns for 2016 with a lot to offer as well. If you are one of the many people looking for a comparison of the 2016 Volkswagen Passat vs 2016 Toyota Camry, we can help. We will take an in-depth look at these sedan's similarities and differences to help you choose which is best for you.

If we look at the basic specifications, we can see that the 2016 Camry offers just slightly better power ratings than the 2016 Passat. However, the Passat also has a better highway fuel economy rating. Depending on which is more important to you, one of these vehicles may be a better option. It is also important to note the Passat's V6 engine at 280 hp is much more powerful than the Camry's V6 engine at 248 hp. The Passat also has slightly more space for cargo than the Camry, which is another aspect you may want to take into consideration.

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2016 VW Passat 1.8T S VS 2016 Toyota Camry LE
$22,440 Starting MSRP $23,070
170-hp, 1.8L 4-cylinder Engine 178-hp, 2.5L 4-cylinder
25 city / 38 highway Fuel Economy (mpg) 25 city / 35 highway
15.9 cubic feet Cargo Volume 15.4 cubic feet

The 2016 Volkswagen Passat Rises Above the 2016 Toyota Camry

The 2016 Volkswagen Passat and 2016 Toyota Camry differ most when it comes to the features and technology they offer. The Passat is equipped with a new infotainment system, the MIB II, and VW Car-Net App-Connect. This feature has Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink to not only connect with the majority of smartphone operating systems, but also to provide seamless integration with a display that reflects the layout on the phone screen. The Camry is equipped with Entune Audio and has a few different versions of this system throughout the trim lineup that offer similar connectivity, however, this system is not nearly as cutting edge as Volkswagen's App-Connect.

When it comes to driver assistance features, the 2016 Volkswagen Passat also outshines the 2016 Toyota Camry. Adaptive Cruise Control and Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Emergency Braking are standard on the Passat SE and above, while Lane Departure Warning, the Blind Spot Monitor, Park Distance Control, and Parking Steering Assistant are standard on the Passat SEL Premium and above. The Camry has a few similar driver assistance features available for select trims, but only as add-ons that will cost extra.

Overall, the 2016 Passat has a better lineup of features and amenities than the 2016 Camry. On the base Passat 1.8T S trim, there is dual-zone climate control, the automatic post-collision braking system, and an available lighting package with more premium lighting options. The base Camry LE does not offer these features. Between the available features and technology and the performance specifications, the 2016 Volkswagen Passat provides an overall better value than the 2016 Toyota Camry, making the VW mid-sized sedan the better buy. If you would like to learn more about the 2016 Passat and its availability, reach out to our staff here at Donaldsons Volkswagen.

2016 VW Passat exterior redesign styling
2016 toyota camry exterior styling
2016 VW passat interior technology features
2016 toyota camry interior technology features

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