On a mission to win new friends, the Passat has covered some serious ground.
Designed specifically for the North American market and built at Volkswagen's state-of-the-art assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the U.S.-spec Passat is larger than its European counterpart but retains much of that car's dynamic handling character. Offered in a host of trim levels and powertrain choices -- including the mileage-maxing TDI turbodiesel -- this stylish, spacious and capable 4-door matches German design and build quality with top safety ratings and attractive pricing.
Some pertinent observations from our full review of the 2015 Passat provide a good indication of its versatile nature: "Some midsize family sedans strive to be sporty while others go for comfort. As with premium German-engineered cars costing thousands more, the VW Passat deftly splits the difference. On the highway it's smooth, solid and quiet. Point it in the direction of a twisty road, and you'll find a surprisingly entertaining driver."
Plaudits for the Passat
The Volkswagen Passat earned a spot on our most recent list of the 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000, and has garnered positive reviews from consumers impressed with the Passat's fuel economy, space, and sportiness.
We've had a Volkswagen Passat TDI in our long-term vehicle evaluation fleet since May 2012, a relationship we've extended twice in part because it's such an amazing long-hauler. From our home base in Irvine, California, the Passat has taken us to Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas, Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Arizona. Check out everything we've learned along the way.
Build and Price a Passat
The 2015 Volkswagen Passat opens with a starting sticker price around $22,000 and stretches beyond $35,000. Build and price your own 2015 Volkswagen Passat to unlock its Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.
More Midsize Sedans
The Volkswagen Passat may be the only European midsize sedan on the market, but it hasn't cornered the market on style or driving satisfaction. Check out our Midsize Sedan Buyer's Guide to see what else catches your eye.
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