Passat vs Camry vs Sonata, Passat wins!

Motortrend magazing has reviewed the three top contenders in the mid-sized sedan category and since I already spoiled the results by titling this post “…Passat wins!”  I’ll go ahead and say it, the Passat wins!  This is great considering they only tested the base SE model which doesnt even get into the touch-screen bluetooth and media awesomeness!

Normally the last-place finisher wouldn’t be of any note, but in this case the Passat is different. Absent for 2011, Volkswagen’s midsizer is all-new for 2012, bigger and roomier than ever before, and built for the first time in America, in a state-of-the-art plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. VW has invested more than $1 billion in the Volunteer State, and thus has dreams of the Passat one day selling in the 300,000-per-year rate, which would help execute the German behemoth’s plan to become the largest automaker in the world. VW will have to snatch that title from Toyota, which sold 8.42 million vehicles in 2010 to remain Big Daddy for the third year in a row. To stay on top, Toyota will need some help from its Kentucky-built Camry, which, like Passat, has been redesigned for 2012. Not so coincidentally, both of these fresh players come just one short year after Hyundai released the sixth-gen Sonata — built in sweet home Alabama, except for the hybrid — in all its “fluidic sculpture” glory. Let’s just say Hyundai has angered its competitors and delighted its dealers…

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