The Passat is known for its European styling, which sets it apart from other leading competitors like the Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, Mazda 6, and Ford Fusion.
While the Passat is only European car in the family sedan midsize segment, it’s built in Tennessee and geared for the American market.
Like the Jett sedan, the Passat is adding the new turbocharged 1.8-liter, four-cylinder that produces 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque to its engine lineup.
Volkswagen says it will eventually replace the 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine that has 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. The engine comes in all base-model Passats.
2014 Volkswagen Passat
- Performance: 2.5-liter, five-cylinder, 170 horsepower; 1.8-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder, 170 horsepower; turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder diesel, 140 horsepower; 3.6-liter, V6, 280 horsepower
- Mileage estimate range: 22-32 mpg
- Estimated price: $22,095 to $34,265
- Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles; drivetrain 5 years/60,000 miles; roadside assistance 3 years/36,000; corrosion 12 years/100,000
The Passat also has two other engine choices, the 2.0-liter, four-cylinder diesel that produces 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, and the power-laden 3.6-liter V6, which cranks out 280 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
The Passat has an attractive exterior, characterized by its clean lines, and the interior is also well crafted. It is a spacious cabin with a smart design. The Passat has a roomy frontseat and the backseat provides good leg and head room for adults.
Ride quality is also another plus. The Passat offers a quiet ride and handles uneven surfaces well, effectively muffling the bumps. This sedan handles well on challenging turns and overall has a refined demeanor in all types of driving situations.
The Passat is a refined sedan that has remains unchanged overall – it features many enviable qualities.