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Volkswagen Passat
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Volkswagen Passat
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Base MSRP price range:
$20,995 - $34,265
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Car Type: Midsized cars
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Volkswagen Passat Overview

The midsized Passat sedan has a lot going for it, including ample interior space, responsive handling, and a comfortable, quiet ride. The primary powertrain is an energetic 1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder, new for 2014, with a six-speed automatic. High-end versions use a powerful 3.6-liter V6. The 1.8 averaged a very good 28 mpg overall and 39 on the highway. The 140-hp diesel Passat feels quick on takeoff and got 37 mpg overall but its 0-to-60 mph sprint is actually fairly slow. Front seats are accommodating but very firm. Extra-spacious rear seats are a big plus, and the trunk is huge, but fit and finish isn't impressive. Reliability of the diesel version has been average; reliability for other versions is unknown.

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