The VW Passat has been the company’s midsize sedan offering in the United States since 1989. This year’s 2022 model is from the fourth generation that began in 2012 and is slated to be the last model sold in America due in part to the dwindling American interest in sedans.
Even though the VW Passat may not look as exciting or flashy as some of the other family sedans in its class, it’s well put-together and solid, with a reserved and understated look. The interior is refined and quite spacious, especially in the back seat. This fact, along with its variety of driver-assist technology like blind-spot monitoring and automated emergency braking, makes it an excellent choice for families. The 4-cylinder performs without fuss, but it’s somewhat slower to accelerate than a few competitors and doesn’t offer a hybrid version or AWD like others in its class. However, the 2022 VW Passat near Rio Rancho, NM boasts a comfortable ride and affordable pricing. Those characteristics, along with its civilized European temperament, can be preferable to more popular midsize options for many drivers.
Since this model is the farewell to the Passat, Volkswagen is seeing it off with an exclusive Limited Edition model. Only 1,973 will be built, and of these, 423 will be painted a unique Racing Green metallic, the same as on the VW Atlas. The Limited Edition Passat will have distinctive exterior details and ride on 15-spoke, 18-inch wheels.
Inside, there will be various added upscale features, including heated front and rear seats, leather upholstery, a Fender audio system, and built-in navigation.
Inside, clean lines follow the subtle outer design. If roominess is on your must-have list, you can’t go wrong with the Passat. With plenty of space for front and back passengers, this sedan won’t leave you feeling cramped. Long doors make entering and exiting easy, and nicely sized windows and narrow door pillars make for great visibility. Both the seat and steering wheel provide an excellent range of adjustment, which is good news for tall and short drivers alike.
Despite having a small touchscreen, the infotainment system is user-friendly. The 2022 VW Passat near Rio Rancho, NM comes standard with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and has both touch and physical controls. Other standard infotainment equipment includes a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, HD and satellite radio, and three USB ports. Additional standard features are proximity keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and remote start.
Now that the base S trim has been dropped, three versions are offered for the Passat’s last year: SE, R-Line, and the loaded, top-of-the-line Limited Edition. All come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 174 hp, a 6-speed transmission, and front-wheel drive. Since the base SE trim comes nicely packed with lots of safety, infotainment, and convenience features, not to mention a sunroof, it’s a great buy at under $28,000. But to have a look at all three trims and take a test drive, visit Fiesta VW at 8201 Lomas Blvd NE in Albuquerque, then decide for yourself!
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