2018 Volkswagen Passat vs 2018 Toyota Corolla

2018 Volkswagen Passat vs 2018 Toyota Corolla

When first glancing at the 2018 Volkswagen Passat vs 2018 Toyota Corolla, you may think these two sedans don’t appear much different. At least, not in terms of size. Where Volkswagen has a slim chrome bar grille bookmarked seamlessly with its headlights, the Toyota Corolla puts the emphasis on its grille, which is either a black bar design or mesh pattern depending on the trim selected. Either way, the front ends certainly have their own design cues. The question is whether they provide the same roominess and on-road feel.

We think you’ll find the answer is no, and you’ll quickly come to realize why shoppers fall for not only the design of the Passat, but the driving dynamic.

2018 Volkswagen Passat


2018 Toyota Corolla

29 city/36 hwy Base Fuel Economy 28 city/36 hwy
2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder Engine 1.8-liter 4-cylinder
174hp/184 lb-ft of torque Performance 132hp/128 lb-ft of torque
6-speed automatic Transmission CVT

Much more power, no additional fuel

When you test drive the 2018 Volkswagen Passat, you’ll notice that the turbocharged engine produces much more power than the 2018 Toyota Corolla. The reason being that Toyota didn’t provide a turbo for the Corolla. This is an important consideration not only because it provides more than 40 extra horsepower, but it also allows the Passat almost identical in terms of fuel economy. When you need to pick up and go, you’ll be glad you’re driving a VW.

Another mechanical consideration is your transmission. In order to save fuel economy, Toyota has given the Corolla a continuously variable transmission. Though some may be intrigued by this option, many find CVTs to be less exciting to drive. With VW already proving that fuel economy isn’t lost with an automatic, the six-speed it offers in the Passat is likely more in line with what feels natural to drivers.

With all these benefits weighed in the favor of the 2019 Volkswagen Passat, surely the Corolla is a roomier choice? It’s not. The Passat is a midsize sedan while the Corolla tips into the compact segment. This means you can expect 97.5 cubic feet of passenger volume compared to 102 cubic feet in the Passat. Cargo volume for the Corolla also sits at 13 cubic feet compared to 15.9 in the Passat.

Roomier, faster and just as efficient, the 2018 Volkswagen Passat is a sedan that’s worth a test drive. If you agree, stop by First Team Volkswagen to come check it out.

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