The Passat already has VW's reputation for engineering behind it, but with official safety scores and more standard safety equipment, it's an even easier choice for families this year.
All Passat sedans come with the mandatory safety and related equipment. That includes anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control; dual front, side and curtain airbags; and tire pressure monitors. A hill-holder feature is standard on vehicles outfitted with a manual transmission.
For this, its second model year, the Passat still lacks the advanced tech features becoming more common on other family sedans--new assistants like front and rear parking sensors, and blind-spot monitors. It does add a standard rearview camera on Passat SEL sedans.
Visibility is one of the Passat's strongest safety attributes. The large glass areas, fold-down rear headrests and slim roof pillars give drivers a nearly panoramic view of the world around them.