Have you ever driven a Lexus or Mercedes and thought that there was no car that would drive that smooth? Well, that is what I thought every time I drove my dad's Lexus. The Lexus holds the road so well and has unbelievable power. Besides that, it also has great options in the interior. So what can compete with that, right?
The Volkswagen Passat. The Passat has all the options and all the flare, but with a little cheaper price tag. My brother just recently purchased a Passat and I got a chance to drive it around. The handling and pick up were a dream. They both matched the infamous Lexus. In fact, both my dad and I commented on this. If we had known, we would have purchased a Passat rather then buying the Lexus. To me, that is a pretty powerful statement.
The only problem that I see with the Passat's are the gas mileage. Seeing how important that is at this time I have to dock the rating down a little bit, but my brother's Passat still gets around 22-23 MPG so I can't complain to much.
Overall if you are looking to get a new/used car I really have to stress that you go at least test a Volkswagen Passat. I think your search for a car will end there.