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Review update: 2020 Volkswagen Passat SEL is a chucker
Review update: 2020 Volkswagen Passat SEL is a chucker

The 2020 Volkswagen Passat is a mid-size sedan caught between two times. Even though it has a fresh design and the necessary safety upgrades, it rides on an old platform and is powered by an outdated powertrain. It’s what I feel like when I lace up new basketball shoes, then step onto the...Read More»

2020 Volkswagen Passat
2020 Volkswagen Passat to start from $23,915

The restyled 2020 Volkswagen Passat will start at $23,915 (including a $920 destination fee), the company announced Monday, and the range-topping SEL model will start at $32,015; it will be the only variant to retail for more than $30,000. The Passat's base price remains essentially unchanged from...Read More»

2020 Volkswagen Passat, 2019 Detroit auto show
2020 Volkswagen Passat unveiled: New look, same bones for mid-size sedan

The 2020 Volkswagen Passat unveiled Monday at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit shows that the German automaker is playing it safe when it comes to the challenges of selling mid-size sedans in the midst of a crossover SUV wave. Its fastback-like shape is new, but what's...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Passat
2019 VW Passat lineup pared, V-6 and GT dropped

The 2019 VW Passat mid-size sedan will come in just two trim levels, a third of what dealers were able to stock last year, and it will no longer be available with a V-6 engine upgrade. VW told The Car Connection last week that the Chattanooga, Tennessee-built Passat will be available in Wolfsburg...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Atlas
8,400 VW Atlas SUVs and VW Passat sedans recalled over loose brake parts

VW will recall 8,400 crossover SUVs and mid-size sedans built at its Chattanooga, Tennessee, assembly plant to tighten brake system components that may not have been tightened correctly at the factory, the automaker said Monday. The recall covers certain 2017-2018 Passat sedans and 2018 Atlas SUVs...Read More»

2016 Volkswagen CC
Volkswagen CC, Passat, Passat Wagon recalled for stalling risk: 281,000 vehicles affected

Volkswagen is recalling a decade's worth of CC, Passat, and Passat Wagon models to fix a problem with their fuel pumps. Nearly 281,000 cars made between model years 2006 and 2016 will need to be taken in for repairs. The faulty fuel pump was manufactured in Germany by Kendrion Kuhnke Automotive...Read More»

2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI
2012-2014 Volkswagen Passat diesels recalled: 84,000 U.S. vehicles affected

Volkswagen is recalling more than 84,000 Passat diesels from the 2012, 2013, and 2014 model years, but surprisingly, the recall has nothing to do with the cars' emissions systems. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the Passat's heat shields might not do the one job...Read More»

2017 Volkswagen Passat
2017 Volkswagen Passat recalled over brake fluid leak

Volkswagen has announced a recall of more than 1,000 Passat vehicles from the 2017 model year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that some of those vehicles may be losing brake fluid, which could reduce their braking power over time. The issue is rooted in brake-line...Read More»

2016 Volkswagen Passat SEL long-term test
2016 Volkswagen Passat: fitting the family

While many American families have moved to SUVs and crossovers, our long-term 2016 Volkswagen Passat is so far proving that there's no reason to steer away from sedans. We are entering month two with the Passat, and as we continue to pile on the miles we're building a deeper base of notes on the...Read More»

2016 Volkswagen Passat SEL long-term test
2016 Volkswagen Passat: why we're doing a long-term test

We’ve just welcomed a 2016 Volkswagen Passat SEL to our long-term fleet. Why are we doing a long-term test on a vehicle that hasn’t changed all that much since the introduction of its current generation, for the 2012 model year? Revisiting the Passat makes sense because the field of...Read More»

2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI
2012-2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI recalled (not for the reason you think)

Volkswagen has recalled 2012, 2013, and 2014 models of the Volkswagen Passat TDI--but not for the reason you might think. Although those diesel models are equipped software designed to cheat on emissions tests--a problem that's still without a solution--today's recall stems from a very different...Read More»

Inflated airbag
Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Daimler Expand Takata Airbag Recalls: 2.5 Million U.S. Vehicles Affected

Another day, another massive series of recalls related to Takata's fatally flawed airbags. The devices have caused more than 100 injuries and at least ten deaths when they exploded after deployment, spraying vehicle occupants with shrapnel. Most of those deaths have occurred in the U.S. Two weeks...Read More»

2014 Volkswagen Golf (European spec)
Volkswagen Jetta, Golf, GTI, CC, Eos, Passat, Tiguan, Jetta Sportwagen Recalled To Fix Airbag Flaw

Volkswagen has issued a massive recall for 420,000 CC, Eos, Golf, GTI, Jetta, Jetta Sportwagen, Passat, and Tiguan vehicles registered in the U.S. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those models could suffer from a flawed component that may prevent a...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
Volkswagen Phasing Out Five-Cylinder In Favor Of High-MPG Turbo

Four-cylinder engines are back at VW. The automaker has revealed some details of its 2014 model lineup, and one especially noteworthy detail is that a new 170-horsepower, 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will be used extensively—and will boost gas mileage significantly on 2014...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition
Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition Returns For 2013

The Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition has come and gone throughout the years, but it's always been a value-oriented package that adds popular features to a lower-trim model. For 2013 VW is bringing the model back to showrooms to sit between the base S and the mid-level SE trims. The Wolfsburg...Read More»

2013 Nissan Sentra
2013 Nissan Sentra Driven, BMW Recall, Tesla Dealership Woes: Car News Headlines

Today at The Car Connection, we bring you our first drive of the new 2013 Nissan Sentra, and tell you all about Scion's new Motivate campaign. Mercedes-Benz has confirmed a new C Class convertible and A. Kahn Design has given the 2013 Porsche Cayenne a makeover. All this and more in today's car...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Video Road Test

We've waved goodbye to The Car Connection's first Six-Month Road Test vehicle. But before we let our 2012 VW Passat TDI rejoin its home fleet, one final road trip was in order--and so was a video road test. The Passat's been an excellent long-distance road trip companion, netting us almost 46 mpg...Read More»

2013 Volkswagen Passat
2012 VW Passat Six-Month Road Test: What's Changed For 2013

While we're wrapping up our Six-Month Road Test of our 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI, we've already revised and updated our review for the 2013 model year. Not much has changed for the Passat this model year, and with a slew of new family sedans hitting the market, there's some significance to the...Read More»

2013 Ford Fusion
Ford Fusion Video Road Test, Nissan Altima Recall: Car News Headlines

Today at The Car Connection, we take a look at the 2013 Ford Fusion in our latest video road test, and we compare the 2013 Cadillac ATS against the 2013 BMW 3-Series. Lincoln opens its own design center and Porsche is preparing its first modern four-cylinder engine. All this and more in today's car...Read More»

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