2016 Volkswagen Passat Buyer's Guide

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Starting Price: $23,260 | Build

Above Average: Driving dynamics

Below Average: Resale value

Consensus: Rewarding to drive, but not so much fun on resale


On a mission to win new friends, the Passat has covered some serious ground.

Designed specifically for the North American market and built at the automaker's state-of-the-art assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the U.S.-spec Volkswagen 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 two powertrain choices -- the popular TDI turbodiesel remains on hiatus in the wake of EPA violations -- this stylish, spacious and capable 4-door matches German design and build quality with top safety ratings, including the IIHS Top Safety Pick + rating, and attractive pricing. For 2016, the Passat receives revised styling inside and out, plus a bevy of new tech features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

Driving It

Some pertinent observations from our full review of the 2016 Passat: "Delivering a sophisticated highway ride that keeps drivers connected and everyone comfortable, the Passat also shows off a playful, athletic side when the opportunities present themselves. Our chief quibble is that the turbocharged engine isn't particularly smooth to engage in the stop-and-go of city driving, the upside being that it's among the most satisfying and most efficient engines in the segment."

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Passat R-Line

For 2016, the Passat joins the R-Line club for the first time. The R-line version of the Passat has sportier styling, with a unique front bumper and rocker panels, modified rear-end styling and 19-inch anthracite Salvador aluminum-alloy wheels.

Build and Price a Passat

The 2016 Volkswagen Passat opens with a starting sticker price around $23,000 and stretches beyond $37,000 for the V6 SEL Premium, the only trim level that comes with a V6. Build and price your own 2016 Volkswagen Passat to unlock its Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

Comparison Test

The Volkswagen Passat was one of five midsize sedans we drove 600 roundtrip miles from Southern California to Lake Las Vegas, Nevada, as part of our 2016 Midsize Sedan Comparison Test.

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.

Photo Gallery: Volkswagen Passat Inside and Out


Video: Volkswagen Passat Review and Road Test

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