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    A mild update in 2020 helped the midsized Passat keep pace with the competition in terms of infotainment and a full complement of standard active safety features. The Passat also retains its generous interior space and responsive handling.
    The ride is on the firm side but absorbs bumps decently. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission deliver power effortlessly, but initial acceleration from a stop feels a bit abrupt and fuel economy trails the competition. The front seats are comfortable, and rear-seat occupants benefit from limousine-like spaciousness. The trunk is large. Controls are very easy to use, and so is the infotainment system. Active safety features, including FCW, AEB, and BSW, are standard. The Passat will end production with the 2022 model year.
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    2020-2021
    2020 Redesign Year
    The changes to the updated 2020 Passat help the midsized sedan keep pace with the competition in terms of infotainment and a full complement of standard advanced safety features. The Passat also retains its generous interior space and responsive handling.
    The ride is on the firm side but absorbs bumps decently. The 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission deliver power effortlessly, but initial acceleration from a stop feels a bit abrupt and fuel economy trails the competition. The front seats are comfortable and rear-seat occupants benefit from limousine-like spaciousness. The trunk is large. Controls are very easy to use, and so is the infotainment system. 2022 is the final year for the Passat.
    $24,025 - $28,825
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    $21,425 - $27,750
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    2012-2019
    2012 Redesign Year
    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.
    $21,825 - $24,700
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    $18,375 - $25,200
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    $16,100 - $20,575
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    $13,350 - $17,950
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    $11,025 - $14,350
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    $9,850 - $12,375
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    $8,675 - $11,175
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    $7,475 - $9,925
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    2006-2010
    2006 Redesign Year
    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.
    $5,925 - $6,175
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    $5,325 - $5,600
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    $4,725 - $6,925
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    $4,800 - $6,950
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    $4,350 - $5,600
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    1998-2005
    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.
    $2,975 - $4,425
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    $2,975 - $4,475
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    $2,975 - $4,275
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    $3,050 - $4,125
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    $2,975 - $3,250
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    $2,825 - $3,225
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