The decade's long since passed when family-sedan buyers were faced with a couple of default recommendations.
These days it's not just a Camry versus Accord world: the streets are rife with excellent four-doors in the form of the latest Sonata, Optima, Fusion, Malibu, Legacy, and 6.
Two of the newest mid-size sedans promise excellent fuel economy to go with completely revamped style and features. So, you're asking: how do the latest Nissan Altima and Volkswagen Passat stack up against each other?
It's a close race, and depending on how highly you value miles per gallon and spare design, it could go the other way. By our numeric ratings, the Altima ekes out a win--narrowly--thanks to its superior base drivetrain and more widespread luxury features, though the Passat's optional diesel, its immense back seat, and its excellent safety scores bring it within a few tenths of its Tennessee-built neighbor.