2017 Volkswagen Passat Buyer's Guide

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Starting Price: $23,260 | Build

Above Average: Driving dynamics

Below Average: Resale value, long-term reliability

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. The Passat recently received revised styling inside and out, plus a bevy of new tech features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking now come standard.

Driving It

Some pertinent observations from our full review of the 2017 Passat: "Its sophisticated highway ride is simultaneously comfortable and connected, no small trick. Yet the Passat is also playful, and when the situation calls for it this Volkswagen shows an athletic side that's uncommon for this class. The standard 1.8-liter 4-cylinder offers excellent power, providing lively acceleration from a dead stop or when you're at speed. The downside is that in stop-and-go city driving, power delivery from the 1.8T isn't particularly smooth."

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Passat R-Line

The R-Line version of the Passat has a sportier look, with a unique front bumper and rocker panels, modified rear-end styling and 19-inch anthracite Salvador aluminum-alloy wheels. For 2017, it also comes with a new touch screen radio, power driver's seat, heated front seats, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, and an optional LED lighting package.

Build and Price a Passat

The 2017 Volkswagen Passat opens with a starting sticker price around $23,000 and stretches beyond $35,000 for the V6 SEL Premium. Build and price your own 2017 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 most recent 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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