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Volkswagen Passat
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Volkswagen Passat
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$20,995 - $34,265
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Car Type: Midsized cars
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Volkswagen Passat Overview

The Passat offers lots of room and delivers a comfortable, quiet ride. Its extra-spacious rear seat is a plus, but fit and finish isn't that impressive. A 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder replaced the rough and lazy five-cylinder for 2014, and is a big improvement. In tests of the turbodiesel we got an impressive 37 mpg overall and 51 mpg on the highway. High-end versions use the powerful 3.6-liter V6 mated to a smooth and quick-shifting automated manual. Handling is responsive and the car feels solid and substantial. The trunk is huge. Reliability of the diesel version has been average.

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