2020 Volkswagen Passat

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The 2020 Volkswagen Passat marks the latest refresh of a midsize family sedan that dates back to the 2012 model year. It's a significant refresh to be sure, with new exterior and interior designs, but the bones are the same. Nevertheless, the car holds up well with a quiet, spacious cabin, soft ride and responsive turbocharged engine. That engine isn’t the most powerful, but it’s better than many entry-level engines for power while providing better fuel economy than other sedans’ larger turbo engines and V6s. Its updated styling makes it feel more modern and upscale than past models, too. On the whole, the Passat is a little behind class leaders such as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, both of which offer much of the space of the Volkswagen, but with better handling, more powertrain options and high-quality cabins. But the VW is still a solid choice, and it carries a base price lower than most other models in its class, including the aforementioned Honda and Toyota. What's new for 2020? The 2020 model year marks a major facelift for the Passat. Every single exterior panel except the roof and A-pillars have been redesigned. The interior has been given a major refresh, too. The engine is carry-over, but it makes more torque than the previous model year. Volkswagen has expanded the trim lineup to S, SE, R-Line and SEL, rather than the two trims of 2019, Wolfsburg and SE R-Line. The expanded trim lineup also means the Passat has a lower starting price than the 2019 model year: $23,915 versus $26,190. What's the Passat's interior and in-car technology like? The 2020 Passat’s interior is significantly more stylish than the simple, utilitarian previous model. Trim connects the air vents together to make them appear as though they stretch the full width of the dashboard. It’s also paired with more prominent contrasting trim that can be faux aluminum or faux wood depending on trim level. Although everything fits well, the materials are just middle of the road with lots of hard plastic. The photo above makes it look more luxurious than it really is.  No matter what trim level of Passat you choose, you’ll get a 6.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It’s similar to what’s found in other Volkswagens, and it’s responsive and simple to use. It's also smaller than what you'd find in many competitors. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, but satellite navigation only comes on the top-level SEL trim in which it’s a standard feature. The SEL also gets an upgraded sound system while all other trims make do with the standard six-speaker system. How big is the Passat? The Passat is very similar in size to larger midsize sedans such as the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. It’s about an inch longer than those cars and an inch taller, but is a tad narrower with a slightly shorter wheelbase. The story is about the same inside the Passat, with head, shoulder and legroom within an inch either way …
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The 2020 Volkswagen Passat marks the latest refresh of a midsize family sedan that dates back to the 2012 model year. It's a significant refresh to be sure, with new exterior and interior designs, but the bones are the same. Nevertheless, the car holds up well with a quiet, spacious cabin, soft ride and responsive turbocharged engine. That engine isn’t the most powerful, but it’s better than many entry-level engines for power while providing better fuel economy than other sedans’ larger turbo engines and V6s. Its updated styling makes it feel more modern and upscale than past models, too. On the whole, the Passat is a little behind class leaders such as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, both of which offer much of the space of the Volkswagen, but with better handling, more powertrain options and high-quality cabins. But the VW is still a solid choice, and it carries a base price lower than most other models in its class, including the aforementioned Honda and Toyota. What's new for 2020? The 2020 model year marks a major facelift for the Passat. Every single exterior panel except the roof and A-pillars have been redesigned. The interior has been given a major refresh, too. The engine is carry-over, but it makes more torque than the previous model year. Volkswagen has expanded the trim lineup to S, SE, R-Line and SEL, rather than the two trims of 2019, Wolfsburg and SE R-Line. The expanded trim lineup also means the Passat has a lower starting price than the 2019 model year: $23,915 versus $26,190. What's the Passat's interior and in-car technology like? The 2020 Passat’s interior is significantly more stylish than the simple, utilitarian previous model. Trim connects the air vents together to make them appear as though they stretch the full width of the dashboard. It’s also paired with more prominent contrasting trim that can be faux aluminum or faux wood depending on trim level. Although everything fits well, the materials are just middle of the road with lots of hard plastic. The photo above makes it look more luxurious than it really is.  No matter what trim level of Passat you choose, you’ll get a 6.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It’s similar to what’s found in other Volkswagens, and it’s responsive and simple to use. It's also smaller than what you'd find in many competitors. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, but satellite navigation only comes on the top-level SEL trim in which it’s a standard feature. The SEL also gets an upgraded sound system while all other trims make do with the standard six-speaker system. How big is the Passat? The Passat is very similar in size to larger midsize sedans such as the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. It’s about an inch longer than those cars and an inch taller, but is a tad narrower with a slightly shorter wheelbase. The story is about the same inside the Passat, with head, shoulder and legroom within an inch either way …
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Retail Price

$22,995 - $31,095 MSRP / Window Sticker Price

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Engine 2.0L I-4
MPG 23 City / 34 Hwy
Seating 5 Passengers
Transmission 6-spd w/OD
Power 174 @ 5000 rpm
Drivetrain front-wheel
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