No one would look at the Passat and describe it as the height of luxury. But that’s not what it was designed for. The 2014 Volkswagen Passat in Albert Lea, MN is meant to occupy the midway point of the sedan market, it sits right between extremely luxurious and ludicrously cheap, carving out a pleasant middle ground for those customers who have some money to spend on a nicer car, but don’t want to mortgage the house for some leather seats and a quiet engine. And for it’s price and fuel-efficiency, this mid-sized sedan actually comes closer to a steal.
It is a car very much designed to make comfortable affordable trips for small families or a horde of co-workers. It’s spacious, alluring interior gives it a roomy relaxing feel and the high German quality of it’s molding and looks add to the feeling of luxury despite its incredibly reasonable price tag. And while few would confuse it with a high end Lincoln sedan, they would be hard pressed to argue it didn’t look and feel nice, and even harder to come up with the money to pay double or triple that of a Passat.
A Sedan for the Family
Given that this is the only family sedan provided by a European car maker, the Passat has some things that are rather unique about it. Its styling and look are all very dependable. The solid German engineering is far above par and as with most German vehicles, functions very well. The options under the hood also provide any family with some options, whether they need to speed into traffic often, or want to be more fuel conscious, Volkswagen has done a good job weighing what was needed. A standard 2.5-liter engine is being phased out for a peppier 1.8T-liter engine that lends itself to better speed and gas mileage. For those wanting better mileage, a turbocharged 2.0 liter (called the TDI) is available. Those wanting more power can go with the 3.6-liter V6 which gives a stronger performance but sacrifices a mile or two on the standard gas mileage.
With the power, fuel economy, space, and luxury the 2014 Volkswagon Passat near Mason City, IA is the perfect choice for a mid-level step up in the world of sedans. Quality production coupled with smart design wins every time.