Volkswagen is building the Passat for one final year before it’s discontinued. The biggest change is the new Passat Limited Edition trim, which sends the midsize sedan off with a loaded suite of equipment. Volkswagen adds 18-inch wheels and a bunch of technology including adaptive front lighting, light assist, park distance monitoring, hands-free trunk opening, power-folding mirrors.
On the inside, the 2022 Passat Limited receives built-in navigation, a Fender sound system, leather seats, heated front and rear seats, a power passenger seat, and memory settings for the driver’s seat. It’s a comprehensive package and polishes the 2022 Passat with a little extra luxury.
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Although the Volkswagen Passat rides on an outdated platform, it still benefits from a spacious cabin and a huge trunk. Not everyone loves everything about the Passat, however. Strange brake pedal feel diminishes an otherwise easy driving experience. Unlike the Jetta, the Passat has an outdated version of Volkswagen’s infotainment system.
Also, suspension tuning is good but excessive wind noise penetrates the cabin. Then there’s the six-speed automatic transmission, whose long gearing leaves it behind compared to competitors with more up-to-date drivetrains. Much has changed since the Passat was named 2012 Car of the Year, and with so many other updated midsize sedans, people won’t miss it too much.