Passat: Driving a Power Bargain

Volkswagen's mid-sized sedan has an engine with oomph and luxury styling at a price that won't break the bank

For my money, Volkswagen's newly redesigned Passat mid-sized sedan is a wonderful set of wheels. But it's also one of those models with exquisitely calibrated price points designed to suck you into spending more money than you intended.

And if you can get by with the smaller engine -- which shouldn't be hard for most buyers -- it also offers excellent value for your dollar.

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