The VW Passat 2021
Estimated acquisition cost over 5 years: $ 36,368,
Compared to segment average: $ 1,528
Though in numbers it doesn't sell anything similar to the Accord, Altima, Camry, or Sonata, the Tennessee-built Volkswagen
The Passat was named the best mid-range car at the KBB 5-year Cost-to-Own Awards 2021.
An impressive achievement. But to call this VW with front-wheel drive a mid-range car borders on misleading, because the Passat is an exceptionally spacious 5-person sedan. Its back seat is huge and its nearly 16 cubic foot trunk is downright cavernous.
A few words from the KBB expert test: “In order to give the Passat an edge over its competitors, VW offers a free 2-year maintenance plan in addition to its competitive 4-year / 50,000-mile guarantee. Though not as powerful as a Kia
Stinger or Nissan
Maxima, the Passat's 2.0-liter turbo engine, is a strong performer that achieves 36 mpg on the autobahn. "
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This proven engine sends 174 horsepower and 206 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission. We would not describe the Passat chassis as agile, but it is trimmed for driving comfort and retains the appearance of sportiness.
All 2021 Volkswagen Passats have Apple
CarPlay and Android Auto. The base car, which starts at $ 23,995, gets key standard safety features like automatic emergency braking, a blind spot monitor, and a rear cross traffic alarm. The flagship Passat, the $ 29,995 R-Line, features 19-inch alloy wheels, paddle shifters, a Fender audio system, navigation, and glossy black exterior paneling.
With a simplified equipment structure (S, SE, R-Line), the attractively priced Passat flies under the radar as a top mid-range sedan at the KBB 5-year Cost-to-Own Awards 2021.
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KBB's 5-year cost-to-own is the total amount of vehicle-related costs that you are likely to need to cover during the first five years after owning a car. This includes expenses such as fuel and insurance as well as vehicle depreciation (depreciation).
This story originally ran on KBB.com.