2017 Volkswagen Passat Toes the R-Line

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The ride and drive of the new R-Line Passat was little different from the 2016 sedan we tested although there was a bit more perceptible noise and vibration from the sportier 19-inch tires on the 2017. The R-Line enhancements are mainly cosmetic so ride and handling is nearly identical aside from the tires and wheels.

2017 Volkswagen Passat Toes the R-Line

For those shopping the competitive set of Accord, Altima, Camry, and Fusion, don’t overlook the Volkswagen showroom for your next midsize sedan. VW is still rebounding from some bad press and questionable practices involving its diesel powertrains so dealers should be willing to woo customers back to their lots with some great deals backed by factory incentives. Another little incentive for some of you may be that the Passats are all built in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

2017 Volkswagen Passat Toes the R-Line

Pricing for the 2017 VW Passat models starts at $22,440 with our R-Line 1.8T tester coming with a final sticker of $24,795. Fuel economy is rated at 23 mpg city and 34 mpg highway.

2017 Volkswagen Passat Toes the R-Line

The 2017 Volkswagen Passat R-Line is a comfortable, roomy midsize sedan with plenty of trunk space as well as leg- and headroom for up to five occupants. Styling is still very basic and straightforward but the Passat is a car that is easy and safe to drive offering all of the latest safety and technology features customers are looking for in a midsize sedan.

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David was editor of AutoworldToday at Today Newspapers in the Dallas suburbs until its closing in 2009. He was also webmaster and photographer/videographer. He got started doing photography for the newspaper while working as a firefighter/paramedic in one of his towns, and began working for the newspaper group full-time in 1992. David entered automotive journalism in 1998 and became AutoworldToday editor in 2002. On the average, he drives some 100 new vehicles each year. He enjoys the great outdoors and as an avid fly fisherman, as is his spouse Tish. He especially enjoys nature photography and is inspired by the works of Ansel Adams.