2016 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 2016 Volkswagen Passat has restyled front and rear styling. The interior has also been revised. A sporty R-Line with 19-inch alloy wheels is a new model this year. All models now have a standard rearview camera and smartphone connectivity has been improved. Forward-collision warning with emergency braking and blind-spot alert are newly available safety features. A manual transmission is no longer offered. 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: $26,280
1.8T SEL: $30,495
3.6L V6 SEL Premium: $36,835

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

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

2016 Volkswagen Passat R-Line