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2014 Volkswagen Passat Sedan


By Automobile Magazine

What’s New for Passat in 2014

The news for the 2014 Volkswagen is the demise of the 2.5-liter I-5 and a new 1.8-liter four-cylinder in its place. There is no change in power (it makes the 170 hp and ekes out 7 more lb-ft of to 184 lb-ft), and there is also now assisted power steering. OnStar-like Car-Net connectivity is now available from the Wolfsburg (which continues on from with a leather-wrapped steering parking brake, and shift and up, as is the interface for iPods and the like. Passat SE models get keyless with push-button starting, new eighteen-inch wheels, and two-tone All models except the S trims receive a backup camera.

Vehicle Summary

If you think the is the only long-running nameplate in stable, think again. has been building the Passat 1973, although it was originally the Dasher and then the Quantum in the United States. It wasn’t the third-generation car of the late 1980s Americans finally received the name on their mid-size However, it was the fifth-generation Passat really stood out. mid-sizer shared its platform and with the also-then-new Audi A4, and we the Passat in naming it a 1999 In its driving pleasure, its styling, and its the Passat exceeds our expectations and effectively combines practicality, and desirability than any other car in its class. The Passat went on to be an Automobile Magazine All-Star in 2000, 2001, and 2002.

The sixth-generation follow-up to the much-loved Passat grew in size and and despite being a competent and having a luxurious cabin, it really keep the flames for Passat enthusiasm. After sales, Volkswagen pulled the on the Passat in the U.S. after Following a one-year hiatus, an Passat emerged for the 2012 year. The 2012 Passat had developed under the code New Midsize Sedan (NMS) a larger, more spacious, expensive model that appeal better to American The Passat, after all, in the same segment as the country’s car, the Toyota Camry, and even came close to kinds of volumes. The NMS/seventh-generation has been off to a good start for moving 117,023 copies in Volkswagen showed no sign of down in the first half of selling 55,119 Passats.


We were not predisposed to the current-generation Passat when it out for the 2012 model year. In the of a newly overhauled and more (read: de-contented) Jetta, the tea for the Passat weren’t looking Although the Passat’s design between handsome and bland, on the eye of the beholder, Volkswagen has managed to much of the desires of American with the well-sorted dynamics and feel that buyers come to expect from the automaker.

In our 2013 comparison of eight sedans. we praised the Passat: it comes to chassis dynamics, is no dispute, because the 2013 SE shines where some of the cars here stumble. Coast editor Michael said, ‘The Passat look American but it is utterly a European car in the way it goes down the The long-travel suspension is compliant, and you can the wheels stroking up and down as the car the bumps.’ In addition, the steering is and communicative even if the effort is very light, and you have a idea of what’s going on at the surface, which is a core of German chassis tuning.

However, the Passat that in our comparison test was equipped Volkswagen’s old 2.5-liter five-cylinder which has been replaced an all-new 1.8-liter turbocharged I-4 for The turbo four-cylinder makes the power as the old five-cylinder (170 which is fine by us. Fuel increases substantially in both the and highway cycles: five-speed-manual-equipped are rated at 24/35 mpg city/highway, and Passats are good for 24/34 those are increases of 2 mpg city and 3 mpg no matter the transmission. Along the new engine, the Passat also from hydraulic to electric steering — we hope won’t decrease the amount of relayed through the steering

2014 Volkswagen Passat Sedan

Buyers looking for more from their Passats two options: power or frugality. looking for the former can still opt for the 3.6-liter narrow-angle V-6, is smooth and vigorous but not as efficient as, the V-6 offered in the Honda Accord. looking to help save the (and their wallets) select the Passat TDI with its turbo-diesel four-cylinder. We found a recent Four Seasons that the turbo-diesel engine, at just 140 hp, pulled so strongly to a healthy 236 lb-ft of torque) we rarely wanted for more Better yet, the Passat TDI is at 31/41 mpg with the manual and mpg with the automatic.

No matter the Passat variant all drivers and passengers can be reassured their safety. The Passat has a five-star overall crash-test from the National Highway Safety Administration. The mid-size also passed the Insurance for Highway Safety’s new small front crash test an Acceptable rating, earning it a on the list of Top Safety Pick+

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2014 Volkswagen Passat Sedan
2014 Volkswagen Passat Sedan
2014 Volkswagen Passat Sedan
2014 Volkswagen Passat Sedan


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