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Jumpmaster82
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 3:00:14 AM

6TH PLACE: Chevrolet Malibu LTZ
Tight with room -- not with fuel

5TH PLACE: Toyota Camry XLE
Best-seller, but far from the best

4TH PLACE: Nissan Altima 2.5 SV
Short on room, not on character

3RD PLACE: Ford Fusion SE
The Aston of family sedans

2ND PLACE: Honda Accord
The ultimate pure family sedan

1ST PLACE: Volkswagen Passat SE
All the essentials, and much more

The Passat also exudes refinement. "Still can't believe how quiet it is compared with other cars," says Febbo. "VW has come a long way on NVH." As testament to the Passat's build quality, Volkswagen supplied us with an example showing 14,000 miles on its odo -- in test-car years, that's more like triple that many miles. Yet the Passat was solid and tight.


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mfgendron
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 1:37:36 PM

good for the mid size.



[Edited by: mfgendron at 12/5/2012 1:39:00 PM EST]
RitaVespa
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 9:28:07 PM

Why can't we have fuel efficient vehicles available in Europe
sagnat
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 8:10:15 PM

And the VW Passat, with the diesel engine gives a solid 45+ MPG (closer to 50 MPG when driven conservatively).

That alone is worth the extra cost.
E-Squirrel
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 8:03:41 PM

fora_7 warns:

"And the only American is Ford Fusion which is under a recall. Not Good."

Well, not all Fusion models use the same 1.6 liter EcoBoost engine either, which is the one that is subject to recall. Those lucky enough to have the 2.0 liter engine are perhaps unaffected.
bwatchingu
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 5:50:17 PM

interesting
ziyulu
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 12:53:54 PM

From the article...

As testament to the Passat's build quality, Volkswagen supplied us with an example showing 14,000 miles on its odo -- in test-car years, that's more like triple that many miles. Yet the Passat was solid and tight.

If my car was not solid and tight after 14,000 miles, I would not be a happy camper.
ss70
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 12:18:47 PM

VW charges way too high for its quality . How come this slipped the Hyundai and Kia
rcornel
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 11:56:18 AM

Ok
fora_7
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 9:20:44 AM

And the only American is Ford Fusion which is under a recall. Not Good.
Gas_Eyes
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 9:19:38 AM

VW is shooting high.
GingoutMD
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 8:57:45 AM

Good job VW!

I rented a Passat when visiting Scotland and absolutely loved it! I also owned a 1984 VW Scirocco and had it for 10 years. Loved that one too!

[Edited by: GingoutMD at 12/4/2012 8:58:51 AM EST]
JDchefF
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 8:52:48 AM

OK, but prefer US cars, especially when it comes to repairs and parts.
Radar1992
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 8:26:53 AM

V-Dub in the house....do we need to Unpimp the Auto?

Congrats to VW.
amerk73
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 7:47:10 AM

good to know
gcalleja
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 7:19:29 AM

US automakers are still doomed.
MImusicman
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 6:59:42 AM

yep on the Fusion
hokieburgh
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 6:55:49 AM

wasn't there a recent Fusion recall?
Straitliner
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 6:23:50 AM

All great cars except Honda Toyota and Nissan.
335d1
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 6:21:17 AM

Let me me see some diesel engines in this sector.
grandpadon28110
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 6:14:57 AM

Go Honda.
StArrow68
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 6:13:45 AM

Drove a Passat TDI wagon recently and was suitably impressed.
pscamp
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 6:13:40 AM

Whatever
SUNOIL
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 6:12:55 AM

Prefer my ratings
yardslave
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 6:05:36 AM

Ok...
EvergreenON
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 6:04:23 AM

Good article
Wally3023
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 5:36:29 AM

Ok
SUPERSTEVIEO
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 5:28:22 AM

nice to see Ford up there...
roadrunnerMO
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 5:23:30 AM

Top five all build great cars. No longer sold on obama motors however as being a top of line auto maker.
Bussman
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 5:15:32 AM

Love my VW.
SBlouch
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 4:28:35 AM

All of the cars mentioned are good cars.
humblepie
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 4:25:07 AM

great cars all
Mark8601
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 4:13:33 AM

A TDI model?
angel4me
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 3:38:15 AM

agree !! but I think the Accord looks better than the Passat............
OHMS
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 3:37:50 AM

not with fuel ??
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