2018 Volkswagen Passat vs 2018 Toyota Corolla

Exterior view of a gray 2018 VW Passat on the left "vs" exterior view of a blue 2018 Toyota Corolla on the left

When searching for a new vehicle, it’s all about finding the right fit for you. Oftentimes we have two similar vehicles picked out and all we need to know is a few key differences to help us make our ultimate decision. Two excellent mid-size sedan choices are the 2018 Volkswagen Passat and the 2018 Toyota Corolla. They both deliver an efficient drivetrain, a spacious interior and a stylish exterior, but you will find that their differences outweigh their similarities. Discover all the differences and similarities between the 2018 Volkswagen Passat and the 2018 Toyota Corolla right here and make a fully-informed final decision.

2018 Volkswagen Passat


2018 Toyota Corolla

2.0L TSI® In-Line 4-Cylinder Standard Engine 1.8L 4-Cylinder
174 Horsepower 132
184 LB-FT Torque 128 LB-FT
25 MPG City/ 36 MPG HWY Fuel Economy 28 MPG City/ 36 MPG HWY

What’s Better, the 2018 Volkswagen Passat or the 2018 Toyota Corolla?

By the naked eye, it is difficult to determine which of these stylish and efficient sedans are the better choice. But once you peel back the exterior, look under the hood and kick the tires, the better vehicle starts to stand out. The 2018 Toyota Corolla has a very nice standard engine, but that is the only engine option that is offered. The 2018 Volkswagen Passat has it’s powerful and efficient 2.0L TSI® but also makes a 3.6L V6 available as well. This 3.6L V6 engine delivers more power than the standard engine, 280 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque while still maintaining an EPA average of 28 MPG on the highway. Both the 2018 Volkswagen Passat and the 2018 Toyota Corolla have seating for five passengers, but the 2018 VW Passat offers 102 cubic feet of passenger volume and the 2018 Toyota Corolla only offers 97.5 cubic feet. The 2018 Volkswagen Passat also provides more trunk space, 15.9 cubic feet, than the 2018 Corolla’s 13 cubic feet. Finally, give the 2018 Volkswagen Passat’s tires a kick and you will notice the optional 19” Tornado Alloy Wheels.  The best the 2018 Corolla can do is 17” Alloy Wheels with dark-gray-painted inserts, which is depressing in comparison. With a more diverse and powerful drivetrain, a more spacious interior and more wheel choices, the 2018 Volkswagen Passat TKO’s the 2018 Toyota Corolla in the 1st Round. Come find your 2018 Passat at EVS Volkswagen in Menomonee Falls, WI.

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