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Volkswagen Passat: Proof that Family Sedans Don’t Have to Be Boring

In the search for a midsize family sedan, you will find yourself constantly returning to the Volkswagen Passat. This vehicle is praised constantly for its high-quality interior materials that lead the class and the truly impressive 15.9 cubic feet of room within the cargo area. Although it is technically a midsize model, the rear seat of the Passat feels like a full-size sedan, meaning that the tallest of adults will have enough space for their legs without front-seat passengers having to move their seats too far forward.

Discover the Updates for the 2017 Volkswagen Passat

Those concerned with safety will appreciate the biggest change for the 2017 Volkswagen Passat: advanced driver-assistive features now come standard. Starting with this model year, every single Passat trim comes standard with Forward Collision Warning plus Autonomous Emergency Braking. You will also notice that a new trim is available, the V6 SE with the Technology Package. It includes features like LED headlights, LED taillights, Park Distance Control, remote start, and 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels; keep in mind that this trim is available to order only (not regularly stocked as inventory).

Other than this, the R-Line and SE trims receive more equipment than they did on the 2016 model. The SE now adds push button start and keyless entry to its already long list of features that included leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The Passat SE with Technology adds 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, Park Distance Control, and remote start. The R-Line trim also improves its value, and now featuring heated front seats, leatherette upholstery, Blind Spot Monitor, Front Assist, and the Composition Media touchscreen, as standard features; previously many vehicles in the line required the Comfort Package to enjoy these features.
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History of the VW Passat

Volkswagen began producing the Passat in 1973, and it has since gone through eight different generations. Moving up to more recent models, the Passat was redesigned for the 1998 model year, getting a sleeker body and being based on the Audi platform. In 2000, the Passat saw updates to the brake-wear indicator and the radio system, with a half-year model arriving with new styling. VW introduced a high-performance Passat in 2001 with a 270-horsepower V8 engine and numerous upscale features. The automaker also expanded its warranty coverage this year, giving drivers more peace of mind. In 2002, stability control became standard and the stereo system’s buttons were updated.

The 2004 Passat offered a 2-liter diesel powertrain along with updated side mirrors and redesigned alloy wheels. In 2006, the Volkswagen Passat was all new, getting an updated body style and many more features. A wagon debuted in 2007, the same year that an auxiliary audio jack was added, and VW updated the cruise control system. In 2010, the Passat offered a steering wheel with multimedia controls. There was another all-new model for 2012; this led to an increase in both wheelbase and several inches in length, along with the expansive rear seat you find today. Ride quality also improved when the Passat received more standard features to improve its value.

Take the Passat for a Test Drive in Longview, TX

People love the Passat because of its advanced technology features, roomy interior, and stylish design. Before picking out your new car, pay a visit to Gorman McCracken Volkswagen in Longview, Texas. Our professional staff is ready to guide you through the available models and answer any of your questions about different features. We are proud to offer competitive financing rates right here at the dealership. To help maintain your vehicle, visit the certified mechanics in our service center. To learn more, contact us today!