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The Volkswagen Passat has had a longtime presence in the midsize sedan space, first being sold in the United States in the early 1990s. The 2020 Volkswagen Passat brings a fresh new look to this well-loved sedan. The exterior looks sleek, while the interior is filled with everything you'd expect from a modern vehicle. You'll also love the way the Passat drives. It's a smooth experience that's perfectly suited to the commute or longer trips with friends and family. The sole engine option for the 2020 Volkswagen Passat is a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 174 horsepower and 206 lb-ft of torque
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It used to be that features like cruise control were premium upgrades on most vehicles. Now, in addition to all the features you might expect as standard (like cruise control), the 2020 Volkswagen Passat includes driver aids such as forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are also standard.
Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® connectivity have become highly sought-after options on today's cars. These applications connect your phone to the infotainment system of the vehicle and give you access to everything from weather and podcasts to audiobooks and navigation. The 2020 Volkswagen Passat comes standard with both options, so regardless of whether you're an Android or Apple user, the Passat has you covered.
If a good road trip or enjoyable commute means hearing your favorite tunes through a high-quality sound system, you'll love the 2020 Volkswagen Passat's available nine-speaker sound system by Fender®. The Fender sound system, found on the Passat's SEL trim, provides a premium audio experience for every drive. Combine that with smartphone connectivity, and you'll never run out of things to listen to.
Of all the great features of the 2020 Volkswagen Passat, cargo space is one of its best. With 15.9 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk, the Passat has plenty of room for luggage, groceries, or a combination of the two. Cargo hooks in the trunk are also standard, helping you keep fragile cargo in place.
The cabin of your car is a place where you spend a lot of time, so space to move around or stretch out can really make or break the overall experience. With 42.4 inches of legroom for front passengers and 39.1 inches for the rear, there's plenty of room in all areas of the 2020 Passat. Shoulder room is also excellent, at 57 inches for both the front and rear passengers.
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The 2019 Hyundai Sonata comes standard with the following features:
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration
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The 2020 Honda Accord comes standard with the following features:
Dual-zone climate control
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RepairPal gave the Volkswagen Passat an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Volkswagen Passat 24th out of 30 among Midsize Cars.View RepairPal's full rating of the Volkswagen Passat
Includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, USB plug-in, 6.3-inch touchscreen display, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, and more.
Adds 19-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, an R-Line body kit, interior ambient lighting, and paddle shifters.
Adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, eight-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, available remote start, and more.
Unlocks hands-free opening trunk, front and rear parking sensors, an automatic parking system, power passenger seat, leather upholstery, and more.
The 2020 Volkswagen Passat is an upscale car with premium features and many luxurious touches, such as a glass-covered touchscreen and available adaptive cruise control.
The 2020 Volkswagen Passat is not four-wheel drive. The 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, powers just the front wheels. The Passat is equipped to be a competent and engaging commuter car.
The Volkswagen Passat is not rated for towing; however, its ample trunk space of 15.9 cubic feet provides plenty of room for cargo and extra items on long trips. If additional space is needed, the rear seats can fold down to provide more room for cargo.
Aurora Red Metallic
Deep Black Pearl
Platinum Gray Metallic
Reflex Silver Metallic
Tourmaline Blue Metallic
Shetland and Black
The 2020 Volkswagen Passat has seating for five passengers and comes standard with black cloth interior in the S trim. Leatherette seats are available in the SE and R-Line trims, and leather is standard in the SEL. The 6.3-inch touchscreen is glass, which is a nice premium touch, and the interior space is generous, with 57 inches of shoulder room (front and rear). You'll also get 42.4 inches of legroom in the front and 39.1 inches in the rear.
The 2020 Volkswagen Passat has room for three car seats in the back seat. LATCH seats (front- or rear-facing) can be used on the outboard seats. Booster seats can also be used in the rear of the Passat.
The 2020 Volkswagen Passat is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 174 hp and 206 lb-ft of torque, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Under full power from a stop, the Passat can achieve 60 mph in 7.8 seconds and will continue on to an electronically limited top speed of 115 mph (according to the manufacturer, when new). The 2020 Volkswagen Passat gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg combined from its 2.0L engine.
2012-2022 Volkswagen Passat (eighth generation)
The eighth generation of the Volkswagen Passat was released in 2012 and was the first Passat designed specifically for the U.S. market. This generation of the Passat is still in production as of the 2022 model year, though it has seen a number of updates and changes over the years.
In 2012 the Passat had seven different trim levels and three different engine choices, including a 2.0L turbodiesel. In 2019 the trim levels dropped to two (Wolfsburg Edition and SE R-Line), and the current 2.0L four-cylinder engine became the only option. 2020 brought the most recent exterior refresh.