2017 Volkswagen Passat Brooklyn, New York
Island Volkswagen near Brooklyn, New York proudly introduces the all new 2017 Volkswagen Passat. Despite its German brand name and heritage, the Passat is a thoroughly American-style family sedan, from its limo-like rear seat to its supple ride. The base engine is a 170-hp 1.8-liter turbo four with a six-speed automatic; a 280-hp 3.6-liter V-6 is optional. A quiet and exceptionally roomy cabin is the Passat’s strong point. Niceties such as touchscreen infotainment, Bluetooth, aluminum wheels, and dual-zone climate control are standard; SE and SEL trims get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
After years of playing on the fringes of the mid-size-sedan segment, Volkswagen took aim at the heart of the market with the seventh-generation Passat, introduced in the United States for 2012. Divorced from its European counterpart and bigger, cheaper, and softer than previous Passats, this U.S.-built and Americanized VW trades a bit of its German character in pursuit of higher sales numbers. The result is a solid, if unexciting, competitor to mainstays like the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry.
Volkswagen’s recent emissions scandal has removed the efficient TDI diesel engine from the lineup, which used to be one of the more compelling reasons to consider a Passat. The two gasoline engines left on the order sheet are a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder with 170 horsepower and a 3.6-liter V-6 engine with a potent 280 horsepower, both pairing with standard six-speed automatic transmissions, although the V-6 gets one of the dual-clutch variety. A sportier-looking R-Line trim level is as far as the Passat goes with sports-sedan aspirations, instead emphasizing comfort and conservative styling inside and out. If style is a higher priority for you, the rakish Volkswagen CC might be more your speed
A comprehensive refresh for 2016 brought updated styling and new features, so the 2017 model year sees only a reshuffling of the standard and optional equipment lists. Forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking are now standard on all models, while the R-Line and SE gain some new standard features. An SE V6 with Technology trim level brings down the price of entry for the V-6 engine by a few thousand dollars. There may be more coming: In November, VW showed a concept car it called the Passat GT at the Los Angeles auto show, suggesting a sportier version may be in the offing for 2018.
If you frequently shuttle passengers in the rear seat, the Passat is the mid-size sedan for you. Space in the back is positively expansive, and back-seat riders are even treated to their own air vents, USB port, and heated seats in higher trim levels. Up front, the dashboard presents a clean, easy-to-use interface, with clear gauges and a central touchscreen with attractive graphics and a simple menu structure. Stop by Island VW near Brooklyn, New York and come check out the all new 2017 Volkswagen Passat and take it for a test drive today!
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