2017 Volkswagen Passat vs Toyota Camry

September 22nd, 2017 by

With their cushy cabins and powerful, refined rides, mid-size sedans like the 2017 Volkswagen Passat and Toyota Camry agree with just about everyone, from parents to commuters. Which of these models is destined for your garage? Check out our comparison guide to see how the Passat and Camry stack up.

2017 Volkswagen Passat vs Toyota Camry

Passenger Comfort

The Passat is everything you want in a sedan, and that’s especially true of its cabin. The design is simple, yet elegant. There may not be any flashy chrome trim, but cabin materials, like optional leather upholstery, are top-notch. You can also count on generous space in both rows – the kind that families appreciate on long road trips.

The Camry also offers above-average backseat space, making it a great pick for families who love highway travel. Dash controls are easy to operate, and they’re all within easy reach of the driver seat. While the Toyota Camry is extremely livable, it lacks the Passat’s high-end materials and doesn’t feel as refined.


With the most to offer in terms of smartphone integration, the Passat is our pick in this category. The Car-Net infotainment system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which displays oft-used smartphone apps on your central touchscreen, eliminating the need to pick up your phone. With the premium Fender audio system, your favorite podcasts and Pandora radio stations sound better than ever.

The Camry’s Entune touchscreen is straightforward and easy to use. This sedan doesn’t offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, but you do get Bluetooth connectivity, which means easy hands-free calling and music streaming. If you’ve got an iPhone, the Camry’s Siri Eyes Free voice controls make it easy to stay connected without lifting a finger from the wheel.


The Camry’s world-class crash-test scores are just the beginning. In government crash tests, this sedan came away with a perfect five-star rating for overall protection. Add the Safety Connect telematics system for safety-net features like an emergency assist button and stolen-vehicle location. And, when you opt for blind-spot warning, your Camry actively looks for danger to help you avoid accidents.

The 2017 Volkswagen Passat comes standard with a forward collision warning system that automatically applies the brakes when it senses an oncoming crash. Similar to the Camry, the Passat offers Car-Net telematics for automatic crash notification and roadside assistance – so you can always get the better of an unexpected situation. Although the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Passat a 2017 Top Safety Pick, it named the Camry a Top Safety Pick+ (with the “+” denoting better scores for headlight safety).

Power & Performance

In the 2017 Volkswagen Passat, both engine options provide plenty of pick-up-and-go, which they balance with a smooth, quiet ride. In this segment, this blend of athleticism and ride comfort is the Holy Grail. You’ll also love the Passat’s refined highway sailing, which is the perfect way to start a road trip.

Similarly, the Toyota Camry delivers a smooth, quiet ride – especially on the highway. Commuters love this sedan’s excellent fuel economy; the Camry earns up to 24 city/33 highway mpg. Still, the Camry isn’t quite as quick as the Passat, though it does feel very secure around turns.

Learn More about the Volkswagen Passat

With its striking power and refined cabin, the 2017 Volkswagen Passat is our favorite. It’s got all the passenger space you require and the plush comfort you crave, including optional leather upholstery. The Passat’s smartphone integration features are the perfect way to stay connected without getting distracted from the road. Safety is another high point; you’ll love the peace of mind that comes with high-tech driver aids and emergency telematics.

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