Are you searching for a family-friendly sedan that the entire family will love? The Volkswagen Passat is the perfect choice when it comes to style, performance and fun. Over the years, the Volkswagen Passat has been a popular choice in the midsize sedan market, and has proven itself time and time again by raising the bar each model year. Check out how the Volkswagen Passat has evolved in the last few years to see which one fits your lifestyle best.
Gracing us with its presence in the early 70s, the Volkswagen Passat impressed drivers everywhere year after year, and still continues to thrive in the competitive market today. The Passat became an instant hit in its first generation with buyers looking for a roomy family vehicle. From 1973 to 1981, the original Passat was available in the U.S. as the Volkswagen Dasher as a hatchback or wagon body style. In 1981, the second-generation Passat arrived as the Quantum and added a sedan to the mix.
The third-generation Passat hit the North American market in 1990, and this time it came with the Passat name as well. Volkswagen debuted this model with a grill-less front fascia but quickly changed that by 1993. For the 1992 Passat, Volkswagen added a power boost with a new V6 engine and by 1997, added a TDI diesel powertrain to the lineup.
For its fourth generation in 1998, the Passat showed up to the game in both sedan and wagon body styles, and offering the choice of a four-cylinder or V6 engine. Volkswagen continued the same body styles for the fifth generation in 2005 but added a coupe-like sedan, the Passat CC, in 2007.
In its current generation, the Passat received a major refresh in 2016 from new design features to active safety technologies, making it stand out as a perfect choice among families.
Featuring sophisticated design from the ground up, exhilarating performance, impressive fuel efficiency and plenty of modern tech designed to not only keep your precious cargo safe, but keep them entertained as well, the Passat surely delivers and is definitely here to stay.
Flaunting a fresh, new look, the 2016 Passat showed up to make a lasting impression. Redesigned for 2016 with a sleek new front and rear, as well as a new interior with premium design updates, this Passat hit the market ready to impress. We also saw the addition of energy-efficient LED headlights available for the first time on a VW sedan and said hello to the first-ever R-Line® trim on the Passat with sportier styling that drivers everywhere instantly fell in love with.
For 2017, the Passat received a boost in standard safety equipment across the lineup. The impressive Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) was added as standard features on all models and the Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert is now standard on the R-Line® and SE trims helping the new Passat shine among the competition.
The new 2018 Volkswagen Passat is heating things up among the midsize segment thanks to an updated, impressive new engine and sporty new GT trim raising the bar across the board. Equipped with a new, advanced 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct-injected TSI® engine, the new Passat delivers more power and improved fuel economy to ensure every moment spent behind the wheel is a memorable one. Plus, the brand-new Passat GT model shows off eye-catching, sporty style while delivering exhilarating performance thanks to the potent V6 engine nestled under the hood.
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