Volk­swa­gen Pas­sat

The Washington Post Sunday - - CARS -

Bot­tom line: The Volk­swa­gen Pas­sat is a safe, re­li­able fam­ily sedan. How­ever, it has to mod­ern­ize more quickly, es­pe­cially in the sus­pen­sion area, to bet­ter keep up with the pun­ish­ment de­liv­ered by rapidly de­clin­ing Amer­i­can roads.

Ride, ac­cel­er­a­tion and han­dling: It gets sat­is­fy­ing marks in all three. Noth­ing spec­tac­u­lar.

Head-turn­ing quo­tient: Looks good at any school, church or shop­ping cen­ter.

Body style, lay­out: The Volk­swa­gen Pas­sat is a mid­size, proudly mid­dle-class, front-en­gine, front-wheel-drive sedan with a tra­di­tional notch­back trunk. Trim lev­els in­clude S, SE (in­clud­ing SE with tech­nol­ogy) and V-6 SEL Pre­mium.

En­gine/trans­mis­sion: The V-6 SEL Pre­mium comes with a 24-valve V-6 with vari­able valve lift and tim­ing (280 horse­power, 258 pound-feet of torque). It has a six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion that can be op­er­ated man­u­ally. The en­gine au­to­mat­i­cally stops at idle and in­stantly re­sumes when the ac­cel­er­a­tor is ap­plied.

Ca­pac­i­ties: Seat­ing is for five peo­ple. Cargo ca­pac­ity with all seats in place is 15.9 cu­bic feet. The fuel tank holds 18.5 gal­lons of gaso­line. Reg­u­lar grade is fine.

Mileage: I av­er­aged 26 miles per gal­lon in high­way driv­ing with one pas­sen­ger and a 300-pound load.

Safety: Stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes four­wheel disc brakes, ven­ti­lated front/solid rear; four wheel anti-lock brake pro­tec­tion; sta­bil­ity and trac­tion con­trol; side and head air bags; post-col­li­sion safety sys­tem; and a full suite of ad­vanced elec­tronic safety sys­tems such as blind-spot mon­i­tor­ing and rear cross-traf­fic alert.

Pric­ing: The 2017 VW V-6 SEL Pas­sat Pre­mium starts at $33,995. Add an $820 fac­tory-to-dealer fee. Price as tested is $34,815. Shop for dis­counts. Some VW deal­ers are of­fer­ing nearly $4,000 off.

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