2017 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: All 2017 Volkswagen Passats now have standard forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking. SE and R-Line models gain standard blind-spot alert and rear cross-traffic alert. Passat is VW’s midsize sedan. The base powertrain is a 170-horsepower turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic. A 280-hp 3.6-liter V6 paired with a six-speed automated-manual transmission is also available. All Passats are front-wheel drive. Available features include keyless entry and starting, remote engine start, LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and mitigation, 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 sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices 1.8T S: $22,440
1.8T R-Line: $23,975
1.8T SE: $25,495
1.8T SE w/Technology: $27,995
V6 SE w/Technology: $29,295
1.8T SEL Premium: $30,995
V6 SEL Premium: $33,995

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
170
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
34

Optional Engine
3.6-liter V6
Horsepower
280
Std. Transmission
6-speed automated manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28