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2009 Volkswagen Passat
2009 Volkswagen Passat
Available Price Range $4,401-$10,525 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 23-24 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2009 Volkswagen Passat

Our Take

The Passat is Volkswagen's midsize car, and it's available in both sedan and wagon body styles. Competitors include the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima. (Skip to details on the: Passat Wagon) The all-wheel-drive option and the V-6 engine option have been dropped. Heated seats and fog lig... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Throttle lag with automatic transmission
  • Price of entry compared to competition

Notable Features

  • Turbo four-cylinder
  • Side-impact and side curtain airbags
  • Optional adaptive headlights
  • Standard power liftgate (wagon)


Consumer Reviews


Average based on 17 reviews

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I Always Look Forward To Driving It

by Auto Aficionado from Saint Paul, MN on October 8, 2008

This is my fourth VW and it seems to be more solid and refined than the previous ones. I got 34.7 Mpg on a 400 mile trip that I took this summer and have found regular fuel is suitable. The ride is a ... Read Full Review


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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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Free Scheduled Maintenance


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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