Buying a used Volkswagen Passat is a good idea if you’re looking for a family car that’s sold as a sedan or a wagon. The vehicle is reputed for its classy interior, superior handling and comfortable, cozy and quiet ride. With a variety of engines to choose from, you can easily select one that suits your needs. However, before making a selection, it’s best to research all trims available. The first generation Passat sold in the US, rolled out between 1990 and 97. It had a base model with a 2.0 Liter 4-cylinder engine which does not compare well to the subsequent models. The vehicles were space-efficient, but the body style lacked features when compared to other cars in its class. The next generation Volkswagen Passat (1998 to 2005) was tastefully styled, and the performance of these vehicles were well appreciated. The trim models offered included the 1.8 T which made 170hp. Other engines offered included the 190hp V6 engine and the 270hp 8-cylinder W8 engine, which weren’t as popular. It was short lived, as the vehicle grew heavy and expensive. In 2004, a 2.0Liter turbo-diesel engine trim called the TDI was introduced. This vehicle also gained increasing popularity. The third generation Volkswagen Passat introduced in 2006 had four trims and two engine choices. These include the Value Edition, the 2.0T, 3.6 and the 3.6 4Motion. Although the standard engine offered was the turbocharged 4 version, a narrow angle engine that pumped out 280 hp and 265 lbs-feet torque was provided as an optional choice between 2006 and 2008. In 2008, these trims were renamed Turbo, Komfort, Lux and VR6. The Volkswagen Passat models that were introduced before 2010 had a 6-speed automatic transmission. They all had features that were oriented towards luxury, namely leather upholstery, xenon headlights and premium audio systems. If you wish to purchase a used Volkswagen Passat research CarsDirect for comprehensive listings of used Volkswagen Passat’s for sale.