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2014 Volkswagen Passat KBB Expert Review

The Fair Market Range for this car in your area is $18,602 - $19,520.

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MSRP $21,665

Fair Purchase Price $18,963
Fair Market Range ($18,602 - $19,520)

Invoice $20,810
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KBB Expert Rating 8.0 / 10
10/8.0
This Car - 2014 Volkswagen Passat
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KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 11/4/2013


The Volkswagen Passat for 2014 faces a number of well-received competitors including the new Nissan Altima, Honda Accord and Chevrolet Impala. To stay a step ahead, VW has loaded its base model with features most consumers want, and then added a robust line of trims, engines and options to help satisfy a wide variety of shoppers. Although the Passat doesn't offer a hybrid or pure electric model, it does offer a diesel engine that, until the Mazda6 comes online, remains the only family sedan in the segment to do so. You can also get a manual transmission on a number of Passat trims, another olive branch to the driving enthusiast who needs to trade up to a more family-friendly ride. This roomy German sedan is so good, you'll find it on our list of the 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000 for 2014.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're in the market for midsize sedan, but the budget demands the price remain competitive and the fuel economy high, VV's Passat for 2014 is worth a look. It offers a number of engine and transmission choices as well as European road manners and the latest in electronic innovation.

You May Not Like This Car If...

While the Passat does have a low base price, adding popular options can quickly move this midsize sedan into premium luxury-car territory. From a styling point of view, the Passat may be a bit too generic for some, especially when parked next to the Kia Optima or Chevy Impala.

What's New for 2014

For 2014, the VW Passat sees a number of improvements. A new 1.8-liter turbocharged engine will gradually replace the 2.5-liter unit as the base engine. VW's Car-Net connected services will be offered on select trims, and a rearview camera is now standard on SE and higher trim levels.

Driving It Driving Impressions

Volkswagen upsized the Passat a few years back, a move intended to make it more appealing to Americans. However, despite its added size, the 2014 VW Passat has lost none of its appeal, both from a driver's standpoint and a quality perspective. A 4-link independent rear suspension helps the car eliminate most road imperfections while still allowing the big sedan to hustle through twisting turns without drama. The new 1.8-liter turbo is a strong performer, offering the same horsepower as the outgoing 2.5-liter unit while providing more torque at a lower rpm. The 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine, however, is our pick for performance and fuel economy, with enough low-end torque to shame some V6s. Beyond its numerous engine choices the Passat offers a comfortable, quiet interior built of high-quality materials and assembled to perfection. Segment-leading rear-seat legroom should make adults relegated to the back seat a bit happier about their station.

Favorite Features

FENDER SOUND SYSTEM
VW's choice of electric guitar icon Fender is appropriate, given the company's long history perfecting the art of sound reproduction. The Passat's available 9-speaker 400-watt system, developed in conjunction with Panasonic, is one of the best we've heard.

ENGINE LINEUP
If you're looking for power and fuel economy, VW is hard to beat. Whether it's the high-mileage, high-torque TDI clean diesel, the economical 1.8-liter gasoline turbo or the potent V6, the Passat wants for nothing in the powertrain department.


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