Our 2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition long-term may represent the last Passats to roll off VW’s Chattanooga assembly line; but in many ways it feels much like the first. After all, the U.S. specific Passat hasn’t really changed all that much since it debuted 10-years ago, and that’s a good thing. VW got this mid-size design right from the get-go.
Sedans like this Passat used to be the bread and butter for automakers because at their peak they offered the best mix of interior space, ride quality and fuel economy. Well, this final Passat is better at all of those things than it was during the mid-size sedan heydays. And considering that alone, it’s a real shame we’ve reached the end of its run.
We’re just 2-months and 1,500-miles into our test, but fuel economy is off to a 32.2 miles-per-gallon start, well above its 28 MPG Combined rating.
Great for such a big vehicle, though the 2.0-liter I4 turbo making it happen, puts out a modest 174–horsepower. And this Passat truly does have a lot of room inside, with rear seat passengers benefitting from full-size car-like legroom.
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