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Volkswagen Passat
2017
Volkswagen Passat 2017 sedan Trim Shown: 2017 SE sedan FWD Automatic
With generous interior space, responsive handling, and a comfortable, quiet ride, the Passat is a competitive midsized sedan. The primary powertrain is an energetic 1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder that's mated to a six-speed automatic. High-end versions use a powerful 3.6-liter V6. The 1.8-liter turbo averaged a very good 28 mpg overall and 39 on the highway. Front seats are very accommodating. Rear-seat occupants will appreciate the extra-spacious cabin, and the trunk is huge. Improved interior fit and finish is a plus, and for 2017 VW made active safety features such as automatic emergency braking standard. Reliability has dropped below average.
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2012-2016
2012 Redesign Year
Volkswagen Passat 2016 Trim Shown: 2016 R-Line
Optimized for the American market, the 2012 redesign brought lots of room front and rear, but it was a step backward in terms of fit and finish. It also lost some of its crisp European driving feel, though it became less expensive. We'd look for this generation of the Passat with at least a power driver's seat, the touchscreen infotainment system, and a backup camera. The top-line SEL V6 offers plenty of power and plusher accommodations than lower-trim Passats. Keep in mind though, sales of TDI models were suspended to address VW's cheating on EPA emissions tests. Be sure any used diesel you consider passes smog before buying it.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2016 $16,575 - $16,575 $13,910 - $13,910
N/A
2015 $15,000 - $24,075 $12,385 - $21,185
2014 $11,900 - $19,550 $9,470 - $16,770
2013 $11,425 - $17,850 $8,950 - $15,050
2012 $9,350 - $15,275 $6,920 - $12,470
2006-2010
2006 Redesign Year
Volkswagen Passat 2010 Trim Shown: 2010 Sedan
The Passat has long been known for a quiet and comfortable ride, capable handling and a quality interior treatment. A mid-2001 freshening improved it even more. For 2006, the Passat was completely redesigned and grew larger. The 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder got 24 mpg while the quicker, stronger 3.6-liter V6 got 22 mpg in our tests. However, the ride wasn't as isolated as it was previously. Fit and finish remained excellent; while crash test results are similarly outstanding. This version of the Passat ranks near the top of the family sedan category. The V6 and AWD were dropped in 2009. There was no 2011 model.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2010 $7,700 - $8,550 $5,255 - $6,055
2009 $6,050 - $6,575 $3,675 - $4,175
N/A
2008 $4,975 - $9,300 $2,645 - $6,695
2007 $4,125 - $7,525 $1,865 - $5,015
2006 $3,750 - $5,675 $1,565 - $3,265
N/A
1998-2005
Volkswagen Passat 2005 Trim Shown: 2005 Wagon
The Passat long had a comfortable, quiet ride, capable handling, and an interior that exuded quality. A mid-2001 freshening improved it. The turbo four-cylinder delivers lively performance and the V6 is quiet and strong. AWD is available but makes the car slower and thirstier. The turbodiesel that debuted in 2004 averaged 28 mpg in our tests. Fit and finish remained excellent.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2005 $3,000 - $5,150 $960 - $2,760
2004 $2,800 - $4,925 $810 - $2,560
2003 $2,625 - $4,425 $660 - $2,110
2002 $2,925 - $4,000 $905 - $1,760
2001 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A