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The 2017 Volkswagen Passat is an outlier for mid-size sedans, but only because it takes a more traditional approach. Just about every other mid-sizer has become curvier, sharper—or downright seductive—but the latest Passat sticks to its conservative upright roof.
The bright side of sticking to tradition: the Passat's play-it-safe sedan profile and relatively benign level of detailing are likely to add up to a design that doesn't age as quickly as those of some of its rivals.
Last year, VW added a few details to the sensible sedan with a more sophisticated look. There are new styling tweaks to the front and rear end, some revised interior surfaces and details, a new steering wheel and column stalk design, and chrome and piano black trims.
The base engine in the lineup, a 1.8-liter turbo-4, is fairly peppy. It's rated at 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, and like most modern turbos, power comes on early and stays throughout most of the rev range. The engine feels quicker than it is, 0-60 mph takes about eight seconds, and doesn't feel too taxed during everyday commutes.
That engine is exclusively mated to a smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic. Like many other mid-sizers, the Passat's manual transmission option was deleted last year.
The 2017 Volkswagen Passat is one of the largest sedans in its classification, just sneaking in under the EPA's definition for a mid-size sedan. At nearly 192 inches long, with 110 inches between the wheels, there is 117.9 cubic feet for people and gear—just shy of the Subaru Legacy's 119.6 cubic feet.
The Passat's dimensions affect interior space in obvious ways, but there are subtle benefits as well. The Passat's cabin doesn't lose vertical space under the front and rear glass, which is increasingly rare as other mid-sizers move to swoopier roof lines.
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