Most midsize sedan shoppers don’t have the time or energy to test nine of the best-selling models on a 220-mile road course, nor enlist a cadre of experts to evaluate major features from on-road feel to trunk space. But Cars.com does, and its most recent test of nine midsize sedans from around the world ended with one clear winner: the U.S.-built 2016 Volkswagen Passat.
To get into Cars.com’s field, every sedan had to offer an automatic transmission, cost no more than $28,000 on the window sticker and return at least 28 mpg in combined EPA ratings. The Passat SE model evaluated by Cars.com scored with both the professional testers and a couple of real-world shoppers, for performance, tech, interior quality and design.
“Outstanding driving performance,” said Aaron Bragman, Cars.com’s Detroit bureau chief. “Quick acceleration, solid steering, strong brakes and an utter lack of road or engine noise around town.”
You can read the entire results here.