2018 Volkswagen Passat Washington D.C.

Blue 2018 Volkswagen Passat with blurred foliage background

What does it take for a midsize sedan to stick out in a segment that is flooded with options? The 2018 Volkswagen Passat remains a staple for drivers in the Washington D.C. area because it fulfills the need for a premium option without a premium price. Volkswagen has long been known for its high-end interiors, particularly in the Passat. Things are no different for this model year, even if the Passat does come with some fresh options and an updated engine.

Having just been refreshed for 2017 with a new chiseled hood for a sophisticated, yet aggressive appearance, not many changes were expected for 2018. VW likes to surprise and impress shoppers every year to differentiate your options. The 2018 Volkswagen Passat has a standard 2.0-liter turbo four to replace the 1.8-liter, boosting horsepower by four ponies to 174, while revving 400 RPMs sooner. It also gets a slight boost to fuel economy as it achieves an EPA-estimated 25 city and 36 highway mpg rating.

New trim for the 2018 VW Passat

A new engine is always an exciting bonus for a model year, but Volkswagen also created an additional, sportier trim package for 2018. Why does this matter? There’s a V6 engine option for the Passat that previously was only available for the top-of-the-line SEL Premium trim. Mid-model year, the 2018 VW Passat is gaining a GT trim level that falls below the SEL Premium, offering the V6 engine in a sportier package and at a lower cost than the top trim. The R-Line trim was added for 2017 and will continue, but the GT adds both sportier design elements, sport suspension, custom-tuned double exhaust and more.

Aside from a new trim and updated engine, the 2018 Volkswagen Passat benefits from the People First Warranty, also introduced for the 2018 model year. The previous new car warranty was for three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. The new warranty offers full bumper-to-bumper coverage and lasts for six years or 72,000 miles – double the coverage of the previous model year. This not only gives you reassurance against manufacturer defects, but contributes to retaining high resale value.

The 2018 Volkswagen Passat is assembled at the Chattanooga, Tennessee manufacturing facility for a durable build. Find out if this midsize sedan is the best choice for you and your family when you stop by Karen Radley Volkswagen for a test drive. We happily serve customers from Tysons Corner, Vienna, Lorton, Springfield, Manassas, Woodbridge, Fairfax, Gainesville and Washington D.C.

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