2020 Volkswagen Passat vs 2020 Toyota Camry Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

With a bold new look and a retuned, more powerful engine for 2020, the Volkswagen Passat offers more than ever before! In fact, it offers you even more than popular segment rivals like the 2020 Toyota Camry. And we'll prove it to you below! Take a look at this side-by-side comparison. We'll show you why we think the VW Passat is a smarter investment. When you're ready, we invite you to come experience the new Passat in person at McKenna Volkswagen.

VW Passat Alloy Wheels

2020 Volkswagen Passat vs. 2020 Toyota Camry: Size & Style

Where the 2020 Toyota Camry has a busy, loud exterior design, we think the 2020 Volkswagen Passat has a more premium, stately appearance. With a new design for the 2020 model year, the VW Passat has a bigger, bolder front grille and stylish, upscale badging. You also get superior standard features on the 2020 Volkswagen Passat like alloy wheels and heated exterior mirrors, which will cost you more on the 2020 Toyota Camry as options.

Furthermore, the 2020 Volkswagen Passat is a bit more comfortable inside. With more rear leg and shoulder room, the VW Passat is a more enjoyable place for your rear-seat passengers to spend time. And with nearly two additional cubic feet of trunk space, it's a more suitable option for big grocery store hauls and trips to the department store.


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VW Apple CarPlay

2020 Volkswagen Passat vs. 2020 Toyota Camry: Technology & Connectivity

Toyota Remote Connect technology lets you locate your vehicle and start the engine remotely, but Remote Connect capability isn't standard on the 2020 Toyota Camry. You'll have to upgrade to a more premium trim level for that feature. By contrast, every 2020 Volkswagen Passat comes standard with Volkswagen Car-Net®. It's an even more sophisticated smartphone app that helps you locate nearby parking, monitor your vehicle remotely when driven by a friend or loved one, keep track of maintenance, get roadside assistance and even lower your insurance premiums by encouraging safe driving habits and keeping track of your defensive driving style.

Beyond this crucial distinction, both cars come standard with a touchscreen multimedia system, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. That means the 2020 VW Passat is the more advanced, more connected sedan.


VW Passat Dual Exhaust

2020 Volkswagen Passat vs. 2020 Toyota Camry: Performance & Drive

The 2020 Toyota Camry makes a little bit more horsepower than the entry-level 2020 Volkswagen Passat, but the 2020 Volkswagen Passat makes more torque. So, which one provides the better drive? Well, the engine in the VW Passat is turbocharged. This means you get more power earlier in the rev range for quicker throttle response. You just won't get the same verve around town in the 2020 Toyota Camry with its naturally aspirated engine.

Even the enthusiasts at Car and Driver magazine sang the praises of the 2020 VW Passat: "Whether eating up highway miles or tooling down back roads, the Passat is up to the challenge. It combines a soft, almost luxurious ride with predictable handling, providing a vehicle that's as comfortable as it is capable."

That same publication likes the Camry, too, but was disappointed in its performance and power. They wrote, "Though the Toyota Camry has a compliant ride and proficient handling, it trails in performance behind the sportier and turbocharged rivals."


VW Passat LED Headlights

2020 Volkswagen Passat vs. 2020 Toyota Camry: Active Safety Features

The 2020 Toyota Camry, like all the latest toyota vehicles, comes standard with a long list of driver assistance features. So does the 2020 Volkswagen Passat! They both come with standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. These features can help you avoid the most common kinds of accidents by intervening faster than you may be able to on your own.

But only the 2020 Volkswagen Passat comes standard with blind spot monitoring and rear traffic alert. Rear traffic alert on the VW Passat will check behind you when reversing, and will provide audible and visual alerts if another vehicle passes behind you. Handy for crowded, busy parking lots, rear traffic alert from Volkswagen can even provide braking support if you fail to engage the brakes on your own. These features are available on the 2020 Toyota Camry but they'll cost you more as additional options.

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How The VW Passat Gives You Even More Value

When you choose the 2020 Volkswagen Passat instead of its rival from Toyota, you'll get a more premium look, more engaging performance, a more spacious cabin and more standard safety technology. You'll also be able to save about $1,500 dollars at the entry level! With a starting MSRP of $22,995, the VW Passat is an incredible value. Step up to German engineering for less than the cost of a base Toyota Camry at McKenna Volkswagen in Huntington Beach.

2020 Volkswagen Passat2020 Toyota Camry
$22,995Starting MSRP*$24,425
174Standard Horsepower203
206Standard Torque (lb-ft)184
102 Cubic FeetStandard Passenger Volume100 Cubic Feet
15.9 Cubic FeetStandard Trunk Volume14.1 Cubic Feet
17" Aluminum Alloy WheelsStandard Wheels16" Steel Wheels
StandardForward Collision Warning / Auto Emergency BrakingStandard
StandardHeated Exterior MirrorsAvailable Upgrade
StandardBlind Spot MonitorAvailable Upgrade
StandardRear Traffic AlertAvailable Upgrade

*Prices exclude destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.