2020 Toyota Camry vs. 2019 Volkswagen Passat

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Camry have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Volkswagen Passat doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Camry has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats (WIL), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WIL system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Passat doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Pre-Collision System in the Camry as “Superior.” The Passat scores only 3 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Camry TRD/XLE/XSE offers an optional Rear Cross Traffic Braking that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Passat doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Camry XLE/XSE offers an optional Bird’s Eye View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Passat only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Camry and the Passat have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Toyota Camry is safer than the Volkswagen Passat:

Camry

Passat

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

140

312

Neck Injury Risk

20%

39%

Neck Stress

262 lbs.

391 lbs.

Neck Compression

13 lbs.

47 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

335

384

Chest Compression

.7 inches

.8 inches

Neck Injury Risk

21%

41%

Neck Stress

136 lbs.

297 lbs.

Neck Compression

45 lbs.

85 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Toyota Camry is safer than the Volkswagen Passat:

Camry

Passat

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.7 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

136 G’s

136 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

48 G’s

61 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

15 inches

HIC

164

305

Spine Acceleration

35 G’s

44 G’s

Hip Force

622 lbs.

671 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Camry its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 54 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Passat was last qualified as only a standard “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camry for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Volkswagen doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Passat.

There are over 89 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Volkswagen dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Camry’s warranty.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Camry has a standard 600-amp battery. The Passat’s 480-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 12th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Volkswagen is ranked 16th.

Engine

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The Camry’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 29 more horsepower (203 vs. 174) than the Passat’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Camry XSE’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 32 more horsepower (206 vs. 174) and 2 lbs.-ft. more torque (186 vs. 184) than the Passat’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Camry’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 127 more horsepower (301 vs. 174) and 83 lbs.-ft. more torque (267 vs. 184) than the Passat’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Toyota Camry, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Passat.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Camry TRD’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Passat:

Camry TRD

Passat

Front Rotors

12.9 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

11.06 inches

10.7 inches

The Camry stops much shorter than the Passat:

Camry

Passat

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

191 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

136 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

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The Camry has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Passat’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camry is .5 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Passat.

The Camry SE handles at .88 G’s, while the Passat pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Camry XSE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Passat SE R-Line (26.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The Camry has .8 inches more front shoulder room and .2 inches more rear headroom than the Passat.

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Camry easier. The Camry’s trunk lift-over height is 26.8 inches, while the Passat’s liftover is 28.2 inches.

Ergonomics

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The Camry XLE/XSE offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Passat doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left open on the Camry the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Passat can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

The Camry’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Passat’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Camry’s headlights were rated “Good” to “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Passat’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Camry detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Passat doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Camry XLE/XSE keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Passat doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Camry (except L/TRD) offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The Passat doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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The Camry will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Camry will retain 46.06% to 50.35% of its original price after five years, while the Passat only retains 33.69% to 34.46%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Camry is less expensive to operate than the Passat because it costs $54 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Camry than the Passat, including $5 less for a water pump, $339 less for a muffler, $184 less for a starter, $4 less for a fuel pump and $61 less for front struts.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota Camry and the Volkswagen Passat, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camry first among midsize cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Passat isn’t in the top three.

The Toyota Camry outsold the Volkswagen Passat by over sixteen to one during the 2019 model year.

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