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The 2016 Volkswagen Passat definitely bucks the current design direction of the family-sedan segment as a whole. While just about every other mid-size sedan on the market has become swoopier, sharpened, creased, or downright voluptuous, the current generation of the Passat takes a turn in a more conservative direction.
In design and details, the Passat remains the polar opposite of models from Kia, Hyundai, Ford, and even Nissan. It's much more in lockstep with the traditional themes carried by models like the Accord and Camry—yet even the Camry's become sharper and bolder this past year.
There are two gasoline engines in the lineup. A 170-horsepower, 1.8-liter turbocharged, direct-injected inline-4 offers impressive peppiness and torque for its modest ratings. It makes an impressive 184 pound-feet torque, from below 2,000 rpm to above 5,000 rpm, which makes this model quicker than its horsepower number will suggest.
It's mated to a perfectly fine, smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic. Yet for 2016, the 6-speed manual that's been available on the Passat has been unceremoniously dropped; the Passat was one of the only remaining mid-size models still offering a manual 'box.
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