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How strong is the 2018 Volkswagen Passat? 

As one of Volkswagen’s best-selling models, the Passat has delivered year after year on dependability, versatility, and engine performance. Both engine options on the Passat offer excellent performance and efficiency, as well as an impressive torque ratio. Continue reading to learn more about the new Passat’s engine specs. 

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2018 Volkswagen Passat engine performance

The standard engine under the hood of the new Passat packs a good punch of 174 horsepower. The 2.0-liter TSI engine helps to produce 184 lb.-ft. of torque as well as up to 36 highway MPG. The TSI engine is turbocharged which gives the Passat a much quicker and more fun feel. Despite the car’s full-size sedan nature, you’ll feel like you’re driving a sports car—and that’s only with the standard engine. 

If you’re willing to sacrifice a little bit of gas mileage, the 3.6-liter V6 engine will give you an even stronger, faster ride. With premium fuel, this motor can produce an impressive 280 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. This exhilarating engine will give you an even more powerful feel all while staying comfortable inside the roomy Passat. This will cost you about eight MPG, but if you like speed, It’s well worth it. 

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2018 Volkswagen Passat pricing 

The engine specs are great and all, but how much will the Passat cost you? That’s probably one of your top concerns, anyway. The Passat comes available in four different trim levels. Only the SEL trim comes available with the V6 engine mentioned above. Check out the list below for starting MSRP information. 

  • 2018 Volkswagen Passat S (base): $22,995 
  • 2018 Volkswagen Passat R-Line: $24,995 
  • 2018 Volkswagen Passat SE: $26,295 
  • 2018 Volkswagen Passat SEL (2.0T): $31,650 
  • 2018 Volkswagen Passat SEL (3.6L V6): $34,650
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