2019 Volkswagen Passat vs The Competition
The 2019 Volkswagen Passat has managed to maintain a competitive edge within the midsized sedan segment for this model year. Its main market rivals include the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima, Hyundai Sonata, Chevy Malibu, Kia Optima, and Subaru Legacy. The base pricing of these sedans is fairly consistent across the board. Although the ‘19 Passat is the most expensive at $25,295, it also only comes in two trim levels, with the base Passat coming better equipped than the rivals’ base trims. This streamlined lineup relieves the midsized-sedan buyer of having to choose from among a half-dozen or more trims and ensures that the lowest-priced Passat includes more impressive standard features than the competitors’ base models.
The ‘19 Passat Wolfsburg (base trim) comes with comfortable simulated-leather upholstery, a refined European interior, excellent connectivity technology, three USB ports, and advanced safety features, including a blind spot monitor and rear traffic alert. These are amenities you won’t find on your average base-level midsized sedan.
The ‘19 Passat truly shines with its generous and exceptional vehicle warranty. By offering America’s best bumper-to-bumper warranty, known as The People First Warranty, which guarantees 6 years/72,000 miles (whichever occurs first), VW gives its buyers unparalleled coverage over a longer period than the competition. For example, the average warranty for other midsized sedans is around 3 years/36,000 miles. The Toyota Camry is a good example. As one of the leading midsized sedans on the market, it only has a 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, with the other segment leader, the Honda Accord, offering the same. The only other vehicles in the group that come close to matching Volkswagen’s warranty are the Korean cars, the Sonata and Optima, which each offer a limited warranty of 5 years/60,000 miles.
Given that the ‘19 Passat offers a simplified two-trim level configuration, buyers get to enjoy impressive standard features even on the lower trim. The base Wolfsburg gets heated front seats, which are not available on the base Malibu, Sonata, Fusion, Camry, Legacy, Optima, Altima, or Accord, as well as satellite radio, which only one of the rival cars includes on its base trim. Of course, the Passat is also the only one of these sedans that has Volkswagen’s impressive Car-Net smartphone integration, which affords drivers a host of convenient features such as the Parkopedia application, which helps drivers locate their vehicles if they forget where they parked and lets them remotely lock their car doors. There is also a sunroof rain notification included with Car-Net, which effectively alerts drivers to close the roof if there rain is forecast.