Volkswagen Passat 1.8T S
- Price: $22,440
- Gas mileage: 29 mpg
Built in Tennessee, Passat is another midsize sedan on this list. Its highlights include lots of passenger space, solid performance and civilized road manners. At this price, the Passat is armed with a 170-horsepower 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. It threads power to the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission.
As with the other midsize picks, Passat provides features not found in the smaller, more-affordable cars, such as three 12-volt power outlets, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights and integrated turn signals in the outside mirrors.
Its color touchscreen is smaller than most, but it operates with swipes and pinches, oversees smartphone integration, as well as the infotainment system with 6 speakers and a USB port.