2020 Volkswagen Passat

Frank Washington | 7/7/2020, 7:47 p.m.
Detroit – Simple clean straight lines are often the best. And that’s what we found when climbed into Volkswagen’s 2020 ...

The engine was mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. There were no paddle shifters on our trim line, but we could shift manually using the gear stalk. This transmission has been branded Tiptronic and it has been around since 1990.

It had an EPA rating of 23 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway and 27 mpg combined. With an 18.5-gallon fuel tank, 2020 Passat had a highway range of 600 or so miles.

There were automatic headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and an automatic dimming rearview mirror. Heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals were also standard, and our sideview mirrors had a power-folding function and memory.

There were the usual suspects in terms of equipment: smart cruise control, lane assist, rearview camera with cross traffic alert, blind spot alert, front and rear parking assist, and a navigation system.

The car had voice controls, satellite radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, forward collision warning with autonomous braking, blind side monitoring, remote engine start and Bluetooth for audio streaming and handsfree smartphone operation.

Starting price for the Passat was $22,995. Climb up the trim line to the SEL and the sticker for our 2020 Volkswagen Passat was $32,015.

Frank S. Washington is editor of AboutThatCar.com