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2017 Volkswagen Passat

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$11,898 — $33,187 NEW and USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
23-27 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Extremely spacious interior, front and back
  • Excellent ride, handling
  • Acceleration
  • Great value

The Bad

  • Humdrum styling
  • Diesel model on hold
  • Ancient gauge-cluster display (most trims)
  • Bottom seat cushions don't tilt
  • Steering wheel doesn't lower far enough
  • Some imitation leather is unconvincing
2017 Volkswagen Passat exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2017 Volkswagen Passat
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking now standard
  • Five-seat family sedan
  • Turbo four-cylinder standard, V-6 available
  • Sporty R-Line trim available
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity available

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Our Take

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Vehicle Overview

What it is: Volkswagen updated its Passat family sedan last year. Outside, the five-seat Passat received new front and rear styling; inside, it gained an updated version of Volkswagen's multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Competitors include the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.
New for 2017
Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking is now standard. The R-Line trim level adds a touch-screen stereo with USB connectivity and satellite radio, a blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert, a power driver's seat, simulated leather upholstery and heated front seats.
Significant Standard Features

  • 170-horsepower, turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 280-hp, 3.6-liter V-6
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Power moonroof
  • Navigation system
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert
Vehicle Overview

What it is: Volkswagen updated its Passat family sedan last year. Outside, the five-seat Passat received new front and rear styling; inside, it gained an updated version of Volkswagen's multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Competitors include the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.
New for 2017
Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking is now standard. The R-Line trim level adds a touch-screen stereo with USB connectivity and satellite radio, a blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert, a power driver's seat, simulated leather upholstery and heated front seats.
Significant Standard Features

  • 170-horsepower, turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 280-hp, 3.6-liter V-6
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Power moonroof
  • Navigation system
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
123 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Excellent fuel economy!!

by Low emissions guy on December 1, 2018

This car is great for commuting through the city. Very good gas mileage, and easy to maneuver in tight parking spots. I traded in my S550 Mercedes for this car and I haven't looked back! Read full review

(5.0)

Has everything I needed in a luxuary car.Good powe

by Lon Phillips, Retired from Blue Springs, Mo on November 8, 2018

Plenty of power and very comfortable ride. Looks and feels like an expensive lux. car. Very responsive. Just took a 6k trip, very satisfied with performance and quality. Cruise control could keep up ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2017 Volkswagen Passat currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T S

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
good

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
acceptable
Structure and Safety Cage
good
poor
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Volkswagen

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 72,000 or 75,000 miles (model-year specific)

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    Model-year 2017 and older, 2 years/24,000 miles; model-year 2018 and forward, 1 year/12,000 miles; TDI models, 2 years/unlimited miles

  • Powertrain

    5 years/60,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    100-plus point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Passat received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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