2016 VW Passat Wins the Cars.com Midsize Sedan Challenge
As owners of the redesigned 2016 VW Passat can confirm, it delivers an all-around enjoyable driving experience, with its impressive performance, upscale and roomy interior and innovative technology features. Put to the test against eight of the most popular 2016 models, the Passat just earned a win for the Cars.com Midsize Sedan Challenge, further cementing its reputation as a top choice for the midsize sedan segment.
Why the 2016 Passat Won the Cars.com Challenge
The new Passat won the Cars.com judge’s hearts with its spaciousness, safety, available VW Car-Net App-Connect technology, and most of all, its fun-to-drive nature. To make it into the 2016 Midsize Sedan Challenge, each vehicle had to have an automatic transmission, have an EPA estimate of at least 28 mpg combined and have an MSRP of less than $28,000. Vehicles were evaluated by a panel of expert judges and an Atlanta couple in the market for a new sedan on a 220-mile road course looking at overall ride, acceleration, handling, braking, features, cargo space, technology and more.
“The Passat came in first place with both our expert judges and in-market shoppers. This midsize sedan is a refreshed version of the Passat that won Cars.com’s Best of 2012 award. It’s still tremendously roomy and for 2016 got a ton of tech upgrades like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. In addition to the roominess, tech and safety, the standout feature of the Passat is its driving ability. Everyone who drove it unanimously agreed, the Passat is plain old fun to drive.” – Patrick Olsen, Cars.com’s Editor-in-Chief
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Features and Pricing of the 2016 VW Passat
The 2016 Passat, built in Volkswagen’s state-of-the-art factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, combines striking new interior and exterior design elements with a greater variety of available driver assistance, connectivity and convenience features than ever before. Overall, the 2016 Passat features a winning combination of interior and exterior design, technology, available driver assistance systems and a powerful and highly efficient base engine. The starting MSRP for the 2016 Volkswagen Passat is $22,440.