2017 Volkswagen Passat vs 2017 Kia Optima

Those who like style and efficiency in a midsize package will love the 2017 Volkswagen Passat, VW's go-to model that really knows how to balance sophistication and fun. Because of its medium size, Passat sedans are incredibly efficient yet feature a larger cabin with more leg, elbow, and headroom for taller drivers and passengers. Add in Volkswagen's trusted standard turbo engine or an available V6 for even more power behind your commute, and you've got a car worth bragging about.

In order to give you a better idea of how the 2017 Volkswagen Passat stacks up against the competition, take a look below as we compare it to another popular midsize sedan in its class, the 2017 Kia Optima. Both of these vehicles are similar in that they each have fun infotainment systems and plenty of luxurious available features, but there are a few key differences that make the 2017 Volkswagen Passat the perfect choice for all types of families on the go.

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2017 Volkswagen Passat vs 2017 Kia Optima
$22,440 Starting MSRP (USD) $22,200
Car-Net App Connect Infotainment UVO eServices

1.8L turbo 4-cylinder,

3.6L V6

Engine Options

2.4L DOHC I-4, 1.6L turbo I-4, 2.0L turbo I-4

39.1 inches Rear Legroom  35.6 inches

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There are two engine options available with the 2017 Volkswagen Passat, one of which is bound to match your driving style and preferences. The first, a standard 1.8L turbo 4-cylinder, gets up to 170 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. torque while reaching an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 23 miles per gallon in the city and 34 miles per gallon on the highway. The second, an available 3.6L V6, reaches 280 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. torque with premium fuel while providing its drivers with an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 20 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway. The 2017 Kia Optima also has engine options, however, none of their three engines can reach the horsepower of the Passat's V6.

When it comes to technology and interior features, both the Passat and Optima offer their own unique extras. Each can provide comfort with leather seats and trimming, as well as smartphone connectivity through Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. However, the new Passat comes with an available suite of advanced safety features that surpasses the Optima's. These active safety features include Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking, Park Distance Control, and Adaptive Cruise Control, among others.

If you would like to see the 2017 Volkswagen Passat for yourself, stop by Michael Volkswagen for a test drive today!

2017 Volkswagen Passat Grille
2017 Volkswagen Passat Rear Leg Room
2017 Volkswagen Passat with Car-Net App-Connect
2017 Volkswagen Passat Body View

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