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The Volkswagen Passat is perfect for drivers who are looking for a midsize sedan that comes with a little extra luxury and style as standard equipment. The Passat drives beautifully, has a high-end interior, is available in a variety of trim levels and most importantly, is very affordable.

The Passat was redesigned for 2016 with an updated look, revised interior and new driver assist systems. The 2017 Passat will stay mostly the same with the big news being that Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking will become standard across all trim levels, making this the safest Passat ever to hit the road.

What's New for 2017

Because the Passat was updated for 2016, little is changing for this model year. Volkswagen is making forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking standard across all Passat trims. This safety feature monitors the front of the car and sounds a warning if a collision is imminent—if the driver doesn’t respond the car will come to a stop on its own.

Other changes include blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert coming standard on R-Line and SE trims. A V6 SE with Technology is being added to the lineup and the R-Line models gain a touchscreen radio that has USB connectivity and voice control. The SE trim now has keyless access and push-button start.

The best news of all is that prices are dropping. According to official order guides, the base model 1.8T S will maintain the 2016 starting price of $23,260 but most other trims will benefit from a price decrease with the 1.8 SEL Premium coming down a whopping $3,275.

Choosing Your Volkswagen Passat

The Passat comes in a number of different trim levels and the majority of them have a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that cranks out 170 horsepower. It is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with a sport mode. The Passat manages 38 mpg out on the highway and 25 mpg in the city.

While the 1.8-liter engine is standard on most trim levels, an available 3.6-liter V6 ups the available power, producing 280 horsepower.

Here is a quick rundown of the available trim levels with the Passat:

1.8T S

This is the most basic Passat. It comes standard with dual-zone climate control, a touchscreen sound system, and a rearview camera. Automatic headlights and Bluetooth streaming are also standard. Like all 2017 Passats, the S now comes standard with making forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking, which is a major safety feature at this price point. The Passat S starts at $23,260.

1.8T SE

The SE upgrades the interior to V-Tex leatherette and adds keyless access with push-button start. It also comes with a standard power sunroof and VW Car-Net App-Connect. The SE adds to its already sporty look with 17-inch alloy wheels, and keeps the driver comfortable with an 8-way power-adjustable and heated seat. This year blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert now comes standard on all SE trims. The SE starts at $26,315, which is a $785 decrease from 2016.

1.8T SE with Technology

This year the SE with Technology is available with the standard 1.8-liter engine or a V6. The SE with Technology has all kinds of cool tech features, starting with a hands-free trunk that lets opens with a swipe of your foot under the rear bumper. A standard touchscreen navigation system will get you to your destination and adaptive cruise control makes sure you stay safe out on the highway. Both models gain remote start, park distance control, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and LED headlamps and taillights. The 1.8T SE with Technology starts at $28,815 and the V6 version goes for $30,115.

1.8T SEL

The SEL ups the luxury factor with leather, power-adjustable front seats, a premium audio system and 18-inch alloy wheels. Other extras include front and rear heated seats, adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring.

1.8T SEL Premium

This is the most lavish Passat in the lineup, adding remote start, full LED headlights and daytime running lights, and LED taillights, which not only up the safety factor but look cool as well. The SEL Premium is priced at $31,815, which is a $3,275 decrease from the 2016 price. The SEL Premium with the V6 is also getting a price drop of $2,840 with a starting price of $34,815.

R-Line

The Passat R-Line gives the Passat an aggressive, racy stance by adding 19-inch alloy wheels and sporty front and rear bumpers. It also comes with a leather-wrapped muIt-function steering wheel. The R-Line is available in two trim levels, the R-Line and the R-Line with Comfort Package. This year sees some major upgrades to the R-Line with a touchscreen radio that has USB connectivity and voice control. The R-Line with Comfort Package is priced at $24,795 for 2017, a decrease of $775 from last year.

CarsDirect Tip

The Passat is a great vehicle regardless of the trim level you choose. The R-Line has gotten some major technology upgrades making it an excellent buy. The SE is always a popular model and 2017 will most likely follow in that tradition, and if you are after true luxury, the SEL Premium V6 is not only luxurious but fun to drive.

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