Introduced in the 1970s, the Volkswagen Passat went through three generations before production started on what we might consider the “modern era” Passat, those built from 1996 on.
If you are interested in a preowned Passat, there are many varieties of year and trim. One you might keep an eye out for is the 2010 model, which went through a significant design upgrade, including family-style seating components, a new angular front end, headlights with LED, new styled rear lights, and new chrome accents on the trunk and and rear bumper. MotorTrend.com reports that according to Volkswagen, in this year’s model, “each body panel, save the roof, is new.”
The current 2014 models of this vehicle include several different lines, or trims, from the more basic S model through diesel-engine models known as the TDI line. Starting from the S standard package, your Passat comes with a 1.8 liter engine, independent suspension, and an automatic 5-speed transmission. Interior features allow up to five people to relax in comfort due to best-in-class leg room, leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, and two-zone climate control. Entertainment and information services such as MDI audio with an Ipod port, Bluetooth with audio streaming, touchscreen navigation services and CarNet connected auto features will allow you to get directions, play DJ, and stay connected while on the go. But one of the most important elements of the 2014 Passat is its emphasis on safety: a crash-optimized front end, tire-pressure monitoring, and intelligent crash-response system all work together to take care of you and yours should a collision occur.
With an MSRP from $20,845 the 2014 Volkswagen Passats come standard with features like a multifunction steering wheel and Bluetooth functionality. Six air bags, all-weather tires, and anti-intrusion side door beams give you peace of mind while amenities such as integrated rear arm rests, lumbar seat for the driver, and comfort-designed seats for passengers help keep you relaxed and at ease while on the road.
If you opt for the TDI or SEL lines, you’ll find upgraded amenities nearly across the board as well as the option for a diesel engine that gets you an EPA-estimated 40 mpg.
The Volkswagen Passat is a family-friendly car for drivers who like to live life to the fullest. Whether you are on carpool duty or taking friends to the beach, you can appreciate the comfort and performance of a car with a long history.
VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT SAFETY RATINGS
When it comes to safety, the Passat has been highly ranked for crash-test worthiness, with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) giving top marks for four out of five categories (moderate overlap front test, side impact, rear crash and roof strength). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave similar marks for safety, with an overall rating of five out of five stars. With multiple-positioned airbags, 4-wheel disc brakes, and electronic stability and traction control among other safety devices, you can have peace of mind when you are out on the road in varying and possibly adverse conditions.
NOTEWORTHY ABOUT THE VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT
When you buy a Volkswagen Passat, you own a vehicle that has been awarded multiple honors over the past few years, including the J.D. Power “Apeal” Award, a 2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick, the #1 mid-size sedan by Motor Trend, and a Best Family Car by Kelley Blue Book.