Introduced for 2012, Volkswagen's midsized sedan was redesigned and optimized for the American market; that is to say, it grew larger than most competitors, lost some of that crisp European driving feel, and became less expensive. Since then, continual changes have tweaked and honed the Passat.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"It's new, but I have to say the power with the 1.8 engine vs the 1.4 I previously had is noticeable. The car is more responsive and handles better than the 2014 Jetta I had. I haven't had it long enough to give a more thorough response."

WILLIAM B., VA (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Handling is good, not as good as my 2002 Gulf but good with a minimum of body movement. Acceleration takes some getting used to the turbo kicks in abruptly at a point and that takes more finesse than I'm accustom to."

BOB S., UT (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Amazing acceleration, steering, and power. The lane control and front distance monitoring of the cruise control makes long trips much easier on the driver"

JEFFREY G., NC (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Does not handle as well as my old 2009 VW Passat"

TODD W., AZ (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"SEATS TOO LOW SEAT BELTS LITTLE MORE TO THE FRONT"

RAYMOND B., FL (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"It's a full-size car that feels and handles like a sporty VW GTI. You can't even tell that it has front-wheel-drive. It handles great."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Quick acceleration and easy handling."

Anonymous, MA (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"The car is surprisingly nimble in acceleration given the size (1.8L) of the engine; the turbocharger is well integrated, and has only a very slight lag."

PEGGY R., MD (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"everything this is a true driving car, 1.8 turbo is more than I will ever need and the gas mileage is outstanding, eight hours behind the wheel and still ready to go more, and with an average of 1000 klm. per tank , there is almost no need to stop."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Plenty of power without plenty of engine. I haven't taken the car on a trip yet, my mileage is very good when I have a lot of highway miles"

John S., CA (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"We bought the V6 model and the car is almost overpowered. It accelerates in a flash. Fortunately the brakes are up to the task. For the size of car it handles amazingly well. It feels very surefooted under every condition we have come across and is fun to drive."

Richard P., WA (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Handles is very good, acceleration is very good"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Really fast for 4 cylinder"

Brian F., NC (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Sometimes the engine appears to stall and I experience a little jolting and handling becomes a little rough."

Karen K., IL (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"We bought the top end model with the V6 engine. The engine is very powerful, yielding outstanding acceleration. The brakes are also strong when you need to reel it backing again. For a car its size the handling is good though it's no race car. The car is very confident and comfortable on long road trips."

Richard P., WA (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Passat is not a sports car but acceleration is good and handling very good, both summer and winter. Car has Traction Control & ABS."

Anonymous, NS (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Fun to drive."

Todd W., AZ (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Notice pauses while accelerating sometimes"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Acceleration is smooth. Handing is a delight."

Anonymous, ON (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Great acceleration and handling. Much more fun to drive than comparable sedans such as Honda or Toyota"

W L., NC (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Handles well on the highway. Quick acceleration. Love the crash control and vehicle separation system."

Lawrence K., SC (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"After 2 years of driving this car, I'm still impressed with its performance and fuel economy."

Esko N., NC (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Acceleration is ok. It handles well. The brakes are "grabby" and take getting used to. My wife and kids don't like to drive the car as much as I do because of the grabby brakes."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"acceleration & handling very good"

Ron K., SC (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Smooth ride and good pickup"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"It is a gem to drive but you have to make certain you have a good service dealer. I moved to another state and the service at the dealership does something different that makes the car ride rough"

Mark F., NY (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Handles well, corners smoothly and drives like a true European vehicle"

Armando V., VT (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"The handling of the vehicle is wonderful, I hate the factory tires though. I had a 2012 Passat SEL TDI, wonderful car. I was hit head on with a impact of 100mph and lived. The five star rating on safety is spot on."

Mark L., TX (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"The steering is the smoothest I've ever experienced in any car. The quick acceleration makes driving feel safe because you can smoothing get in with the flow of traffic without any hesitation."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"The ease of driving and performance is great. Electric power steering is great."

Jerry M., OH (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Nice drive, handling and acceleration. Feels like a smaller car, but is almost a full size."

Anonymous, NB (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"REALLY like the cruise control that automatically paces slower traffic ahead"

Anonymous, MT (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Great value"

Joel C., FL (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"It handles very smoothky and had great acceleration."

Carlos S., MA (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Driving is good with a performance that meets expectations. Additionally it has great leg room both front and rear"

Anonymous, TX (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Excellent aceleration and handling. Climate system could use improvement."

Anonymous, SC (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"The Adaptive Cruise Control is good, and so is the forward-looking radar for the automatic braking. Except: The forward-looking radar tends to be overly cautious. I find that cars turning out of the lane of traffic and even medium-sized bumps that would not otherwise force me to reduce my velocity can trigger the car to slow unexpectedly. This is nearly dangerous as the car is braking heavily for no reason and might cause an accident with cars behind me being completely unaware and not anticipating any need to slow or stop. Disabling the system is worse, however, as I think the system is generally good and far safer than any vehicle without the automatic braking."

Brian B., MO (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Acceleration and handling are excellent. The only negatives about this car are: the brakes are occasionally "sticky" and when I use the car in the morning, and I am beginning to accelerate slowly, the transmission hesitates for about 2 seconds."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Once the seat is adjusted with full lumber support it is very comfortable. Lots of room to move around in the drivers seat."

BOB S., UT (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"air conditioning is very good"

KEVIN C., AZ (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"All the above"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Driver's seat should be a little wider."

J B., VA (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Very comfortable seats, very silent smooth ride."

Anonymous, MA (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Need more padding in the drivers seat, very tiring on long trips"

Anonymous, GA (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Very minimal road noise. Seats are very comfortable and plenty of leg room."

William D., NC (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"very comfortable, spacious rear area, quiet, great climate control. A delight to drive."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Comfortable interior. Roomy front and back. Rides well."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Very quiet, smooth ride. Great for touring."

Anonymous, OK (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Comfortable ride on long straight drives, but bouncy and cushy in corners and over large bumps. Feels a little insecure."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"I am 6'1", have driven 2500+ mile trips several times, no discomfort at all, first car I've owned that is comfortable for extended periods of time"

Anonymous, MT (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"It feels like quality"

Anonymous, CO (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Seats are fantastically comfortable for road trips, in which we have taken many. The interior is exceptionally roomy, especially in the back seats where there is plenty of legroom and headroom for my 6' 5" frame. The ride is very compliant with a slightly european bias, so it's neither sporty or too soft. My only complaint is that the road noise can be a bit overwhelming on rough surfaces with the 19" Continental tires. ON the other hand, VW did a good job keeping engineering noise out of the cabin and wind noise to a minimum. Overall its very pleasant."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Our Passat is quiet and comfortable even for long drives. The front seats are supportive and offer full adjustment + rear seats have excellent foot room"

Anonymous, NS (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Good support while not hard. Large seats front and back. Lots of leg room"

Anonymous, SC (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Comfortable, roomy and good support"

Armando V., VT (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Nice seats, comfortable ride and low noise. Very relaxing car to drive and to be in."

Anonymous, NB (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Very soft seats that are good for back support."

Carlos S., MA (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"The seats are comfortable but the ride is a little noise"

Andrienne H., GA (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"the seats are very comfortable for long distance travel. very quite ride, compliant and easy to drive."

Anonymous, IA (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"The seats are the most comfortable I have ever had in a vehicle. This is nice with long distance travel. The comfort is excellent."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"I did not get the options i wanted the salesman baited and switched.."

JOHN A., CA (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Excellent value. for 27K I have auto breaking, backing alerts, blind spot alert, heated seats front and rear, lots of rear seat room, great styling and 29 MPG."

KENNETH K., MO (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Top of the line VW. good pricing for all the most updated technologies"

RICHARD D., NH (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Excellent value for price...good size, good features, and good safety."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"I feel that I got a lot of car for my money. There are some things I am not thrilled about, but overall I am very happy with the value I have received for the price I paid."

John S., CA (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"For the price, the comfort, roominess (front seat, back seat, trunk), handling, acceleration, and amenities and all very much what I want in a car."

Anonymous, CA (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"The passat is a great sized vehicle , it has the ride and feel of a much larger car yet gets mid 30’s mpg on the highway and with standard turbo it will go when you want it to. The best car I’ve ever owned."

Jerry M., OH (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Great value"

Joel C., FL (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Lots of nice features for the price."

Todd W., AZ (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"We turned in a 2013 Passat TDS diesel in the emissions buy-back program. VW made us such a sweet buyback offer combined with discounts that purchasing any other brand would have been silly. This 2016 model had improvements upon all the small complainants we had with the older car, and is a very nice machine, a pleasure to drive."

Anonymous, WA (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Excellent value for what you get. Great car loaded with convenience and roomy for rock bottom pricing."

Anonymous, TX (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Great"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"The styling is very sharp and appropriate for the type of car. I feel nice riding in it"

JEFFREY G., NC (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"Beautiful car with classy styling -competes well with other German imports such as Audi,and Mercedes."

RICHARD D., NH (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

"It's sharp looking"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Volkswagen Passat)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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