The Volkswagen Passat, built in the U.S., has always been a terrific value, and the newly facelifted 2016 model is a great value and great for the family.
All 2016 Passat models, except the V6 SEL Premium trim, are outfitted with the turbocharged and direct-injected 1.8-liter TSI engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. The smooth and efficient powerplant produces 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. EPA estimates fuel economy to be The range-topping 3.6-liter VR6 is rated at 280 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.
The 1.8T S model has a starting MSRP of $22,440 and comes with a high level of standard equipment, including 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, 5-inch color touchscreen infotainment system, a rearview camera, and the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. A Lighting Package, which includes LED headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), LED taillights, and front foglights is available for $1,245.
For the first time, Volkswagen is offering an R-Line version of the Passat for the U.S. market. This sporty model is the best-looking of the group with its exclusive body kit and 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Pricing for the R-Line trim starts at $23,975.
The $26,280 Passat SE shares the exterior design of the S model, with the exception of 17-inch alloys and a sunroof. It comes standard with an upgraded infotainment system and leatherette seats that are heated and power-operated up front. Adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning and emergency braking are also standard equipment for the SE. A technology package, which brings the SE’s price to $28,410, packs a navigation system, keyless entry, heated rear seats, blind-sport warning, and rear cross-traffic alert.
Next in the VW Passat hierarchy is the SEL trim which starts at $30,495 and has 18-inch alloy wheels, a Fender audio system, and real leather seats. Lay out $34,270 for the 1.8-liter SEL Premium and the sedan comes equipped with a full suite of driver assistance systems that include self-parking, lane-keep assist, and LED headlights and taillights.
Buyers who go all-out for the V-6 and 6-speed DSG transmission also get the SEL Premium’s long list of standard equipment. Additional features include Hill Hold Control, dual trapezoidal chrome exhaust tips, and paddle shifters. MSRP starts at $36,835
Learn more details about the 2016 VW Passat in the TFL video that was shot at the car’s NYC launch party.