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Volkswagen Passat

2018
  • 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 primary powertrain is now a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that's mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. High-end versions use a powerful 3.6-liter V6. The 1.8-liter turbo engine that we tested averaged a very good 28 mpg overall and 39 mpg on the highway but has been replaced by the 2.0-liter turbo. 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. Active safety features such as automatic emergency braking are standard on all but the base trim for 2018.
All Ratings & Reliability
2012-2017
2012 Redesign Year
Volkswagen Passat 2017
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
2017 $15,625 - $19,750 $12,510 - $16,460
2016 $12,725 - $22,400 $9,885 - $19,010
2015 $10,425 - $17,250 $7,660 - $14,060
2014 $9,425 - $16,325 $6,670 - $13,080
2013 $8,250 - $14,425 $5,500 - $11,250
2012 $7,075 - $12,375 $4,355 - $9,305
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 $6,475 - $7,000 $3,765 - $4,265
2009 $5,100 - $5,625 $2,435 - $2,935
N/A
2008 $4,350 - $6,850 $1,810 - $4,060
2007 $3,550 - $5,950 $1,160 - $3,210
2006 $3,475 - $4,550 $1,100 - $1,950
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 $3,100 - $5,150 $785 - $2,445
2004 $3,100 - $4,475 $780 - $1,895
2003 $2,975 - $4,300 $680 - $1,735
2002 $2,825 - $3,650 $800 - $1,455
2001 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A