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2006 Volkswagen Passat

At a Glance

Pricing $22,950 - $31,900
Drive Types FWD, AWD
Engines 2.0l I4, 3.6l V6
Transmissions A6, M6
Fuel Economy 18-23 (city), 27-32 (highway)

The previous generation Passat was a competitive car but had grown a little tired. All-new for 2006, the Passat sedan offers a compelling list of equipment and performance in a package that provides more interior space than the diminutive Jetta. Power options include a 200hp 4-cylinder and 280hp V6. A six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic shift input is featured across the line, but the entry level model does offer a manual transmission. The 4Motion all-wheel-drive system is offered on the top-line Passat. The Passat is a solid car that deserves a hard look for shoppers of other premium mid-sized sedans like the Nissan Maxima. Although a fully-loaded Passat can reach $40k, 2.0T models offer a lot of car for a very small differential in price over reasonably-equipped Jettas. This means the Passat bears careful inspection by prospective buyers of the new Jetta.

What Changed:

All-new Passat is longer, wider, and taller than the model it replaces. Engine choices include a 200 hp, turbocharged four-cylinder and 280hp, 3.6L V6. The top-line model features 4Motion AWD.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
Passat 2.0l I4 (200-bhp) A6 FWD 22/31/26 $24,025
Passat 3.6l V6 (280-bhp) A6 FWD 19/28/23 $29,950
Passat 3.6l V6 (280-bhp) A6 AWD 18/27/22 $31,900
Passat 2.0l I4 (200-bhp) M6 FWD 23/32/27 $22,950