2018 Volkswagen Passat

Pros: Good fuel economy; vast-for-the-class cabin with excellent rear-seat space; refined interior materials; composed ride

Cons: V6 models significantly pricier than 4-cylinder versions; some less-than-intuitive controls; lack of stand-alone options

CG Says: The 2018 Volkswagen Passat gets a new base engine. The previous 170-horsepower turbocharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder is replaced by a new 174-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. The new engine gains only four horsepower, but there is also a slight improvement in EPA fuel economy numbers. This engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. There is also a new GT model with sport suspension and a 280-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine that is shared with the existing V6 SEL Premium model. The V6 is mated to a 6-speed automated-manual transmission. Passat is VW’s midsize sedan. All Passats are front-wheel drive. Available features include forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot alert, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning and mitigation, keyless entry and starting, remote engine start, LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, and park assist. The Volkswagen Passat offers excellent passenger and cargo room in a very practical and comfortable package. In a class filled with excellent choices, the Passat follows a bit of a different path–one that helps it stand out from the crowd.

The Facts
Class Midsize Car
Body Style(s) 4-door
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices 2.0T S: $23,845
2.0T R-Line: $25,845
2.0T SE: $27,145
2.0T SE w/Technology: $30,445
2.0T SEL Premium: $32,500
V6 GT: $29,995
V6 SEL Premium: $35,500

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (2.0T S, 2.0T R-Line, 2.0T SE, 2.0T SEL Premium)
Horsepower
174
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
36

Optional Engine
3.6-liter V6 (V6 GT, V6 SEL Premium)
Horsepower
280
Std. Transmission
6-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28