The 2018 Volkswagen Passat is a midsize sedan that offers a tad more luxury than the competition. There's a high-end interior that is both functional and affordable, while standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking provide a big boost in safety.
What's New for 2018
There are still two engine choices for 2018, but one has changed. Gone is the base 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, replaced by a turbocharged 2.0-liter mill making 174 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. That's an increase of four hp and 23 lb-ft over the outgoing model. The new engine pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Choosing Your Volkswagen Passat
Two engines and six trims make up the choices available for the 2018 Volkswagen Passat. There's the new turbo 2.0-liter engine making 174 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque and 3.6-liter VR6, which produces 280 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.
The four-cylinder engine returns 25 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway for a combined rating of 29 mpg. The VR6 engine returns 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway for a combined fuel-economy rating of 22 mpg.
There are six trims available:
The Passat SE with Technology is the undeniable sweet spot of the range, adding advanced headlights to a package that already includes the most crucial active safety systems. That it's available for just a shade over $30,000 makes it a tremendous value in a competitive segment.
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