Looking for a midsize sedan comfy enough for road trips and commuting? The 2017 Volkswagen Passat is a strong choice. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.
BRYN MACKINNON: I'm Bryn MacKinnon from Edmunds, and this is an Edmunds Expert Rundown of the 2017 Volkswagen Passat. Regardless of how plain it might look from the outside, the Passat is still a strong choice when it comes to mid-size sedans. The current Passat has been around for about five years, and this year's model hasn't changed much either, but that isn't a huge knock for this VW. For years now, the Passat has offered a big, comfy back seat, a big trunk, and excellent interior materials. On the highway, the Passat gets up to speed quickly, thanks to one of two engines, a turbocharged four-cylinder or a non-turbocharged V6. Both are likeable engines with decent acceleration for the segment, but mileage is behind class leaders. Once you're up to speed, the Passat it is quiet and refined and makes for really easy commutes or road trips. It isn't as engaging to drive quickly, but all the midsize sedan basics are pretty much covered. Once you hop inside the Passat, you'll definitely notice how big the back seat is, a plus for Lyft drivers and parents with car seats. But up front, things aren't very modern. Volkswagen has gone with a function over form set of touchscreens, it seems, and with the Passat, that makes things feel a bit dated. The optional 6.3 inch touchscreen comes with modern stuff, like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It just isn't as visually pleasing as the systems in some rivals. The bottom line, with the 2017 Volkswagen Passat, is that it's a likeable sedan worth checking out, but you might be happier with a more modern rival. Be sure to check out competitors, like the Honda Accord, the Mazda 6, and the Ford Fusion. For more Expert Rundowns, click the link to subscribe.
Although it hasn't undergone a major redesign for several years, the 2017 Volkswagen Passat continues to hold its own against rivals from the U.S. and Japan in the hotly contested midsize-sedan market segment. It may not have the sports appeal or technical sophistication of some competitors, but the Passat's blend of roominess, pleasant styling and a comfortable ride clearly strikes a chord with the steady stream of buyers who have kept the model in production since 1973.
After a minor refresh last year, the Passat has undergone few changes for 2017. The SEL trim level has been axed, and a new V6 SE model has been added to the lineup. All Passats now have standard forward collision warning with automatic braking, and the higher trim levels get new standard equipment that includes Volkswagen's App-Connect with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.
The Passat's interior is one of the model's strong suits. The design is attractive, the layout functional and the high-quality materials give the impression of a more expensive vehicle. There's also an abundance of space, with plenty of leg-, hip- and shoulder room for front-seat occupants, a rear seat that's one of the largest in its class and a generous trunk size that vacationing families will appreciate. The standard infotainment system, while perhaps not a class-leader, is nevertheless easy to use and features a modestly sized touchscreen display.
The standard powerplant for all trim levels is a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque and comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. More power is available on the SE and SEL Premium models in the form of a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6 that puts out 280 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque and comes with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
With suspension designed more for comfortable highway cruising and around-town practicality than flat-out cornering, the Passat still provides crisp steering response, and the Sport mode and available paddle shifters can help enhance the driving experience for those interested in a bit more excitement. Performance from the standard four-cylinder engine is likely to be more than adequate for most drivers, although the V6 cut about 1.3 seconds from the zero-to-60-mph time in Edmunds testing.
Fuel economy for the Passat with the base four-cylinder engine is EPA rated at a combined 27 mpg (23 city/34 highway), while the V6 achieved a combined rating of 23 mpg (20 city/28 highway).
The surprisingly well-equipped Passat S comes with such features as dual-zone climate control, a rearview camera and an infotainment system with USB port. The R-Line model adds a few sporty touches, the SE tacks on more comfort and convenience items, and the top-of-the-line SEL Premium goes all out with details like heated leather seats, more driver-assist devices and a premium sound system. Let Edmunds help you find the best 2017 Volkswagen Passat to suit your needs.
2017 Volkswagen Passat Overview
The 2017 Volkswagen Passat is offered in the following submodels: Sedan. Available styles include R-Line 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A), SE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and SE w/Technology 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A). Passat models are available with a 0-liter gas engine, with output up to 0 hp, depending on engine type. The 2017 Passat comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed shiftable automatic. The 2017 Passat comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What should I pay for a new 2017 Volkswagen Passat?
2017 Volkswagen Passat SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
The 2017 Volkswagen Passat SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32375. The average price paid for a new 2017 Volkswagen Passat SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $8380 below the manufacturer's MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $8380 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $23995.
The average savings for the 2017 Volkswagen Passat SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is 25.9% below the MSRP.
We are showing 2 SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A) 2017 Volkswagen Passat SEL Premium 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.
2017 Volkswagen Passat S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
The 2017 Volkswagen Passat S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $23580. The average price paid for a new 2017 Volkswagen Passat S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $7660 below the manufacturer's MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $7660 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $15920.
The average savings for the 2017 Volkswagen Passat S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is 32.5% below the MSRP.
We are showing 3 S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A) 2017 Volkswagen Passat S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.
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Vehicle R-Line 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Review I recently leased a 2017 Passat R-Line and I have to say I am surprised by how good it is. I'm pretty OCD and normally take a long time and make careful decisions. I cross-shopped it with other mid-size sedans, mainly the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Kia Optima, Hyundai Sonata, Chevrolet Malibu, and Ford Fusion. Basically I rented or test drove all the main mid-sizers except the Subaru Legacy. In terms of handling, the Passat is middling. It is a bit bouncy and feels just a bit floaty at high speeds (over 80 mph, which is normal speed on SoCal freeways when not congested). Of all of them, the best driving were the Mazda 6, Ford Fusion, and Honda Accord, followed by the Malibu, Optima and Passat, with the Sonata bringing up the rear. In terms of comfort, however, by far the most comfortable was the Passat, both for the front seats and especially the crazy large backseats. It also feels very airy and the sight lines are very good (except to the direct rear, where high back headrests intrude a little). The little 1.8 liter turbo engine is a champ. It felt at least as powerful as the base engines in the other mid-sizers, and more powerful than some. Yeah, its 170 horsepower doesn't sound very impressive, but its 184 lb ft of torque is always there and gives really good oomph. I will check mpg when I've had it for longer. In terms of technology and infotainment, I would say the Passat ranks pretty well, but is not the best. The R-Line has the key safety features I was looking for: Wide angle rear camera, rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot monitor, and forward collision alert with emergency braking. The one feature it is missing which I wanted was adaptive cruise control - I would have needed to go up to the SE With Technology for that (I think Edmunds lists it in the normal SE, which seems to be a rare error by Edmunds). One possible safety issue: The headlights aren't the best. I have the halogens - the LED headlights are supposed to be a bit better, but mine doesn't have them. I can see fine with the halogens, but they aren't very bright and some people might wish for more brightness. In terms of looks, I would say the Passat is attractive from all angles, especially the back and side, although I think looks are really a matter of personal taste. Trunk space is very good - 15.9 cubic feet, and the space is very functional, plus the rear seats fold down 60/40. The main reason I chose the Passat was that, looked at as a whole package, I felt better about it than any of the others. It just feels extremely easy to live with, and also feels like a premium car but at a lower price than others on this list. There is nothing it doesn't do well, and some things it does great (did I mention the huge open airy comfortable cabin? Let me mention it again). Plus the dealership (Mossy VW in Escondido, CA) was more willing to work with me than other dealers. So I drove off with what I felt was the best car of the bunch, at the lowest price of the bunch, what's not to like? It's too new to give any reliability impressions - I might do that after I've had more time with the car.
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Is the 2017 Volkswagen Passat safe? The 2017 Volkswagen Passat earned a 5-star overall safety rating from NHTSA and "GOOD" ratings from the IIHS in the following caregories: Side Impact Test, Roof Strength Test, Rear Crash Protection/Head Restraint, IIHS Small Overlap Front Test Results, Moderate Overlap Front Test Results, and a JD POWER overall quality rating of 3.0 out of 5. Among Edmunds' many tools and resources for finding your perfect car are detailed safety ratings and analysis from NHTSA, IIHS, and JD Power, including overall ratings, frontal barrier crash ratings, side impact tests and crash ratings, rollover test results, roof strength tests, rear crash protection and head restraint ratings, side barrier ratings, combined side barrier and pole ratings, and more.
2017 volkswagen passat SE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded 27 combined MPG 23 city MPG/34 highway MPG
2017 volkswagen passat SE w/Technology 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded 27 combined MPG 23 city MPG/34 highway MPG
What options are available on the 2017 Volkswagen Passat?
Available Volkswagen Passat 2017 Submodel Types: Sedan, Diesel, Wagon
Available Volkswagen Passat 2017 Trims: SE PZEV, R-Line, SE, SE w/Technology, S, S PZEV, Wolfsburg Edition PZEV, SEL Premium, SEL Premium PZEV, V6 SEL Premium, GLS 1.8T, Komfort, 2.0T, TDI SEL Premium, Limited Edition PZEV, TDI SE, SEL PZEV, 1.8T Sport PZEV, R-Line PZEV w/Comfort Package, GLX, GLX 4Motion, Turbo, Limited Edition, GLS V6, GLX V6, Wolfsburg Edition, 3.6 4Motion, SE PZEV w/Technology, Sport PZEV, Value Edition, GLX V6 4Motion, GL 1.8T, GLS 1.8T 4Motion, SEL, Base, GL, Komfort PZEV, R-Line PZEV, Sport, V6 SE, 3.6, GL TDI, GLS TDI, Lux, R-Line w/Comfort Package, VR6 4Motion
Exterior Colors: Pure White, Candy White, Reflex Silver Metallic, Platinum Grey Metallic, Deep Black Pearl Metallic, Platinum Gray Metallic, Black, Black Uni, Night Blue Metallic, Tungsten Silver Metallic, Tourmaline Blue Metallic, Fortana Red, Fortana Red Metallic, Urano Gray, Deep Black Pearl, Opera Red Metallic, Reef Blue Metallic, Titanium Beige, Deep Black, Glacier Blue Metallic, Reflex Silver, Blue Graphite, Satin Silver Metallic, United Gray, Granite Green, Island Gray Metallic, Shadow Blue Metallic, Blue Anthracite, Candy White w/Black Roof, Silverstone Gray Metallic, Tungsten Silver Metallic/Black Roof, Candy White/Black Roof, Northern Green Metallic, Pine Green, Stonehenge Gray Metallic, Titanium Beige Metallic, Wheat Beige Metallic, Cobalt Blue Metallic, Deep Black Metallic, Fresco Green Metallic, Urano Gray Metallic, Arctic Blue Silver, Blue Anthracite PL, Cobalt Blue, Mocha Brown, Reflex Silver w/Black Roof, Satin Silver, Tornado Red, White Gold Metallic
Interior Colors: Titan Black leatherette, Titan Black cloth, Moonrock Gray w/Quartz Piping leatherette, Cornsilk Beige w/Brown Piping leatherette, Beige leatherette, Titan Black leather, Cornsilk Beige leatherette, Titan Black leather/sueded microfiber, Cornsilk Beige leather, Moonrock Gray cloth, Moonrock Gray leatherette, Moonrock leatherette, Beige leather/sueded microfiber, Cornsilk Beige leather/sueded microfiber, Black leatherette, Gray, Black, Black/Gray leatherette, Cornsilk Beige cloth, Golden Oak and Black leather, Moonrock cloth, Black premium leather, Moonrock Gray/Titan Black leatherette, Pure Beige premium leather, Classic Gray leatherette, Beige, Beige/Black leatherette, Moonrock Gray leather, Classic Gray premium leather, Cornsilk/Titan Black leatherette, Moonrock Gray leather/sueded microfiber, Pure Beige leatherette, Anthracite, Beige leather, Black leather, Latte Macchiato leather, Moonrock leather, Moonrock leather/sueded microfiber
Popular Features: Rear Bench Seats, Trip Computer, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Stability Control, Tire Pressure Warning, Aux Audio Inputs, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Post-collision safety system, Bluetooth, Power Driver Seat, Heated seats, Back-up camera, Sunroof/Moonroof, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Auto Climate Control, USB Inputs, Pre-collision safety system, Blind Spot Monitoring, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, Adaptive Cruise Control, Keyless Entry/Start, Navigation, Alarm, Upgraded Headlights, Remote Start, Power Liftgate/Trunk, Parking sensors, Leather Seats, Lane Departure Warning, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Automatic Emergency Braking, AWD/4WD