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2022 Volkswagen Passat
Select a Different Model (3 Available): Limited Edition Sedan
Fuel Economy $ 24 / 36 mpg
Horsepower 174@5,200
Torque 206@1,700
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2022 Volkswagen Passat MODEL OVERVIEW


  • Roomy cabin
  • Big trunk
  • Standard adaptive cruise control


  • Brake pedal feedback needs refinement
  • Outdated infotainment system
  • Slower acceleration than rivals

Once one of Volkswagen's most successful cars in the United States, the Passat enters its final year of production with a Limited Edition trim. It rides on the platform that's been on sale in the United States since 2012, the same year it won our MotorTrend Car of the Year award. The Passat last received a major refresh in 2020. Although this midsize sedan no longer feels like a fresh offering, it comes with the traditional advantages of its segment, namely a comfortable ride, a large trunk, and spacious interior.

What's New

  • S trim discontinued (previously the base model)
  • New Limited Edition tops the lineup with 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, heated rear seats, power passenger seat, navigation, Fender sound system, and other features

What We Think

As Volkswagen continues to focus on SUVs, the Passat got pushed to the wayside. It doesn't enjoy many of the updates that its stablemates have received in the last few years, making do with a tiny screen in the otherwise analog gauge cluster and the last-generation version of VW's infotainment user interface.

The Passat still provides a comfortable ride and a roomy, if barren, cabin, but it lags behind its competitors in acceleration and on-road dynamics. Brake pedal feel remains a point of frustration; odd calibration makes it hard to trust the Passat when hauling down from higher speeds.

A new Limited Edition trim offers a comprehensive list of standard equipment, but buyers dead set on a VW may want to look at another model in the lineup that has received a bit more attention. 

Performance and Fuel Economy

Volkswagen offers the Passat with just one engine: a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that develops 174 hp and 206 lb-ft of torque. It's optimized for easy, relaxed driving and doesn't fare well when compared with the power delivery of its competitors. The six-speed automatic transmission is partially responsible for this underperformance and suffers from too-long gearing and slower shifts than other gearboxes on sale right now. Fuel economy is decent, with an EPA-rated 24/36 mpg city/highway.

Safety Ratings and Features

Volkswagen won't be offering its IQ.Drive safety assistance tech for the Passat's last year, but the midsize sedan does come standard with a roster of driver aids. Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control are all standard. Volkswagen dropped the base S trim, so now automatic windshield wipers and high-beams are standard, as well. The top-of-the-line Limited Edition trim adds adaptive front lighting and front and rear parking sensors. 

Cargo Space and Interior Room

Despite the Passat's shortcomings as one of the oldest entries in the midsize sedan segment, the Passat stands out with great cargo space and legroom. The trunk can swallow 15.9 cubic feet of goods, although that's still smaller than the Honda Accord's 16.7 cubic feet.  


Compared even to other models in the VW portfolio, much less its competitors, the Passat falls short. Its 6.3-inch infotainment screen is on the smaller side, especially when you factor in the availability of an 8.0-inch unit in other models sold by Volkswagen. The small display between the tachometer and speedometer is still black and white, a glaring representation of how far behind the Passat has fallen in recent years. There are a total of three USB ports in the Passat as standard equipment. A six-speaker sound system comes with the now-base SE model; the R-Line and Limited Edition trims receive an upgraded nine-speaker Fender premium setup. 

Recommended Trim

Folks who want to snag one last Passat before it's discontinued should opt for the Limited Edition trim, which starts at just over $31,000. These models come fully loaded, receiving a bevy of unique touches. The Passat Limited Edition rides on 18-inch wheels and has fully upgraded LED headlights with adaptive front lighting. It has parking sensors for the front and rear, a hands-free opening trunk, and power folding mirrors. Volkswagen adds navigation to the infotainment unit and its premium nine-speaker Fender audio system. The cabin also gets upgrades in the form of leather seats, heated front and rear seats, a power passenger seat, and memory settings for the driver's seat. 

Just How Limited Is the Limited Edition? 

Volkswagen will build 1,973 examples of the Passat Limited Edition. The number represents the year the first Passat was introduced in Europe. Within this total production volume, Volkswagen will sell the Passat in specific quantities in four color combinations, with the numeral of each total signifying something significant from the Passat's history. The reasoning for each is more than a little convoluted, but here's the breakdown: 

  • Racing Green metallic over Mauro Brown leather: 423 examples will be built, representing Chattanooga's telephone area code.
  • Aurora Red metallic over Titan Black leather: 411 will be made in honor of the Passat's "original vehicle production code. "
  • Pure White over Mauro Brown leather: 524 will be produced, representing the Chattanooga plant's opening date of May 24, 2011.
  • Platinum Grey over Titan Black leather: 615 units signify "six generations of imported Passats, one generation assembled in Chattanooga, and five decades of U.S. sales. "

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  • Fuel Economy: 24 / 36 mpg
  • Cargo: 15.9 cubic feet

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Amount Description Expiry Date
$500 Volkswagen announces a Military and First Responders Bonus Program on select models. 03-31-2022
$500 Volkswagen announces a College Graduate program for customers who finance or lease through Volkswagen Credit on select models. 01-03-2023