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Volkswagen Passat

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2020
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Volkswagen Passat 2020 sedan
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
The redesigned 2020 Passat goes on sale this summer, and uses the same powertrain as the current model. Its exterior and interior styling isn’t a radical departure. With this update, Volkswagen's midsized sedan keeps pace with the competition in terms of standard safety features and infotainment, The current Passat, with generous interior space, responsive handling, and a comfortable, quiet ride, is a competitive midsized sedan. The sole powertrain is a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder that's mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Our drivers found the front seats to be very accommodating, and rear-seat occupants will appreciate the extra-spacious cabin. The trunk is huge, perfect to carry the luggage for a long trip. Improved interior fit and finish is a plus. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, and rear cross-traffic warning are all standard.
All Ratings & Reliability
2019
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
With generous interior space, responsive handling, and a comfortable, quiet ride, the Passat is a competitive midsized sedan. The sole powertrain is now a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that's mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Our drivers found the front seats to be very accommodating, and rear-seat occupants will appreciate the extra-spacious cabin. The trunk is huge, perfect to carry the luggage for a long trip. Improved interior fit and finish is a plus. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic warning are all standard. A freshened 2020 Passat goes on sale this summer and uses the same powertrain as the current model. Its exterior and interior styling isn't a radical departure.
All Ratings & Reliability
2012-2018
2012 Redesign Year
Volkswagen Passat 2018
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, VW's cheating on EPA emissions tests. Be sure any used diesel you consider received the fixes and passes smog before buying it.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $16,475 - $23,125 $13,295 - $20,645
2017 $13,900 - $19,525 $10,910 - $17,225
2016 $11,650 - $18,075 $8,810 - $15,250
2015 $9,700 - $14,975 $6,940 - $11,840
2014 $8,200 - $12,675 $5,450 - $9,610
2013 $6,750 - $10,675 $4,055 - $7,705
2012 $5,950 - $9,375 $3,275 - $6,475
2006-2010
2006 Redesign Year
Volkswagen Passat 2010
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 $5,400 - $5,950 $2,715 - $3,215
2009 $4,675 - $5,150 $2,060 - $2,460
2008 $3,925 - $6,200 $1,455 - $3,455
2007 $3,300 - $5,625 $950 - $2,900
2006 $3,225 - $4,350 $895 - $1,795
1998-2005
Volkswagen Passat 2005
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 $3,300 - $4,725 $930 - $2,085
2004 $3,225 - $4,675 $870 - $2,035
2003 $3,100 - $4,475 $775 - $1,885
2002 $3,300 - $4,225 $920 - $1,675
2001 $2,975 - $3,425 $660 - $1,030
2000 $2,925 - $3,100 $610 - $775
2020
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
2020 Volkswagen Passat Ratings & Reliability
The redesigned 2020 Passat goes on sale this summer, and uses the same powertrain as the current model. Its exterior and interior styling isn’t a radical departure. With this update, Volkswagen's midsized sedan keeps pace with the competition in terms of standard safety features and infotainment, The current Passat, with generous interior space, responsive handling, and a comfortable, quiet ride, is a competitive midsized sedan. The sole powertrain is a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder that's mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Our drivers found the front seats to be very accommodating, and rear-seat occupants will appreciate the extra-spacious cabin. The trunk is huge, perfect to carry the luggage for a long trip. Improved interior fit and finish is a plus. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, and rear cross-traffic warning are all standard.
2019
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
2019 Volkswagen Passat Ratings & Reliability
With generous interior space, responsive handling, and a comfortable, quiet ride, the Passat is a competitive midsized sedan. The sole powertrain is now a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that's mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Our drivers found the front seats to be very accommodating, and rear-seat occupants will appreciate the extra-spacious cabin. The trunk is huge, perfect to carry the luggage for a long trip. Improved interior fit and finish is a plus. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, and rear cross traffic warning are all standard. A freshened 2020 Passat goes on sale this summer and uses the same powertrain as the current model. Its exterior and interior styling isn't a radical departure.
2012-2018
2012 Redesign Year
Volkswagen Passat 2018
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, VW's cheating on EPA emissions tests. Be sure any used diesel you consider received the fixes and passes smog before buying it.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $16,475 - $23,125 $13,295 - $20,645
2017 $13,900 - $19,525 $10,910 - $17,225
2016 $11,650 - $18,075 $8,810 - $15,250
2015 $9,700 - $14,975 $6,940 - $11,840
2014 $8,200 - $12,675 $5,450 - $9,610
2013 $6,750 - $10,675 $4,055 - $7,705
2012 $5,950 - $9,375 $3,275 - $6,475
2006-2010
2006 Redesign Year
Volkswagen Passat 2010
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 $5,400 - $5,950 $2,715 - $3,215
2009 $4,675 - $5,150 $2,060 - $2,460
2008 $3,925 - $6,200 $1,455 - $3,455
2007 $3,300 - $5,625 $950 - $2,900
2006 $3,225 - $4,350 $895 - $1,795
1998-2005
Volkswagen Passat 2005
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 $3,300 - $4,725 $930 - $2,085
2004 $3,225 - $4,675 $870 - $2,035
2003 $3,100 - $4,475 $775 - $1,885
2002 $3,300 - $4,225 $920 - $1,675
2001 $2,975 - $3,425 $660 - $1,030
2000 $2,925 - $3,100 $610 - $775