On a mission to win new friends, the Passat has covered some serious ground.
Although it can't yet claim the kind of absolute sales numbers racked up by front-running rivals like the Accord or Camry, Volkswagen's Passat continues to quietly but steadily attract more buyers in the hotly contested midsize sedan segment. 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 2014 Passat provide a good indication of its versatile nature: "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."
Plaudits for the Passat
The 2014 Volkswagen Passat again earned a spot on this year's 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.
What Lies Ahead
While the 2.0-liter TDI turbodiesel remains the Passat's most fuel-efficient motivator for 2014, the car's 170-horsepower/2.5-liter base inline 5-cylinder gasoline engine is being gradually replaced by VW's new 1.8-liter turbocharged/direct-injected TSI four that makes the same horsepower but has more torque and better mid-range responsiveness. That transition boosts the car's EPA city stats by 2 mpg while adding 3 mpg to its highway numbers with either the manual or automatic transmission. In addition to various model-specific detail enhancements -- including a rear-view camera system and VW's Car-Net connectivity system -- a new Sport trim package also will arrive later in the model year.
The Journey of 5,540 Miles
We've had a Volkswagen Passat TDI in our long-term vehicle evaluation fleet since May 2012. Early on we drove it more than 5,000 miles from California to Tennessee and back -- which made for a fun video -- and its exceptional mileage, roomy interior and excellent highway steering feel have made it the first choice for several Southwest road trips. Read what our extended experience has taught us about the Passat.
Build and Price a Passat
The 2014 Volkswagen Passat S opens at $21,665 with the SE starting at $24,765, the new Sport starting at $27,295, the most-affordable SE-spec TDI model beginning at $27,495 and the range-topping V6-powered Passat SEL Premium commencing at $35,085. Build your ideal 2014 Volkswagen Passat and we'll give you its Fair Purchase Price, which reflects actual transaction prices before any applicable incentives.
Playing the Field
While the Volkswagen Passat was the car of choice for more than 100,000 U.S. buyers this year, it might not be the perfect fit for you. There are 12 midsize sedans to choose from in the current class, and we've brought all of them together to help you find the one that best meets your needs.
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