Volkswagen Passat

The Volkswagen Passat has long been a favorite among shoppers looking for a little more luxury and style in their midsize family sedan or wagon. For many folks, the Volkswagen Passat fills the gap that exists between normal, humdrum family cars and the financially out-of-reach luxury brands. Displaying a classy, restrained style inside and out, the Volkswagen Passat gives the impression of quiet competence, which is borne out by its refined driving character. Spirited performance and competent handling, along with a supple ride, are typical Volkswagen Passat traits.

The front-wheel-drive Volkswagen Passat is available in sedan and wagon body styles. The powertrain consists of a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that pumps out 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed automated dual-clutch manual known as DSG.

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The present third-generation Volkswagen Passat debuted for 2006 with four trim levels -- The Passat Value Edition, 2.0T, 3.6, and 3.6 4Motion. There were also two engine choices. The turbocharged four-cylinder has been the standard engine all along, but from 2006-'08 a narrow-angle V6 known as the Passat VR6 was optional. This engine pumped out 280 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque, and it could be had with all-wheel drive in the Passat 3.6 4Motion trim.

The short-lived Passat Wolfsburg trim level in 2007 added some extra luxuries and visual distinction to the 2.0T model. For the 2008 model year, the trim levels were renamed Turbo, Komfort, Lux and VR6. Notably, some of these upper trim levels were more generously equipped than the '09 and newer cars. In particular, these Passats had more luxury-oriented features, including leather seating, a premium audio system and xenon headlights. Finally, used Volkswagen Passats previous to 2010 had a conventional six-speed automatic transmission rather than the newer, dual-clutch automated manual.