The 2022 Volkswagen Passat is offered in three trim levels: SE, R-Line, and Limited Edition. The drivetrain is the same for all trims: a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with 174 hp and 206 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, driving the front wheels. There are no other powertrain options available.
The standard safety features across all trims include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic braking, lane-keep assist, and rear cross-traffic alert. All models are equipped with automatic LED headlights, taillights, and daytime running lights, as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter for the driver, leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, a power driver's seat, and a power sunroof. The 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HD Radio, and SiriusXM, and the base audio system comprises six speakers. Moving up through the trims adds a power-adjustable passenger seat, heated rear seats, cornering lights, and a premium Fender sound setup with nine speakers.
Volkswagen's aim with the Passat is to keep costs down, and its base price is on par with that of the Toyota Camry. The entry-level SE trim starts at an MSRP of $27,295 and the R-Line will ask $29,295 from your coffers. The new Limited Edition costs $30,295 The price of the Volkswagen Passat excludes tax, registration, licensing, and VW's $995 destination charge.
Volkswagen offers a selection of standalone options to customize a Passat, rather than any comprehensive packages. The notable items on the list for 2022 are an enhanced rearview mirror with HomeLink ($285) and a universal tablet holder on the front seatbacks ($110). You can specify a rear trunk spoiler for $345.
If the Passat is a candidate for your garage, then it is likely that value is a big factor in your decision-making process. We recommend the SE; this trim has V-Tex leatherette upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and front-seat heating, along with dual-zone climate control, a power tilting/sliding sunroof, and four USB ports. The driver gets keyless access with push-button start and remote start, and lane-keep assist is added on the safety front. If you've got to spend money on a Passat, it doesn't seem worth the extra $2k for the R-Line when the main upgrades are to how it looks, and the quality of the sound system. However, if you want to own a piece of Passat history and you can still get your hands on the Limited Edition, we'd take it in its unique Racing Green.