- Most significant changes: New turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder replaces five- cylinder
- Price change: TBD
- On sale: Early August
- Which should you buy, 2013 or 2014? The new engine is a compelling reason to wait for the 2014s, but without pricing, it's a tough call.
When Volkswagen's largest sedan was redesigned for 2012, it got a style overhaul as well as significantly larger dimensions. For 2014, the Passat again sees some big changes, and chief among them is a new engine.
A new turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder replaces the Passat's 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine in SEL models and above; VW says it's gradually phasing out the 2.5-liter unit altogether. The 3.6-liter V-6 and 2.0-liter diesel carry over to 2014 models, as do the five-speed manual, six-speed manual, six-speed automatic and six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions.
The new engine is good for 170 horsepower and 184 pounds-feet of torque. Compared to the 2.5-liter, horsepower is the same, but the 1.8 offers a bit more torque. Fuel-economy figures haven't been released, but the "new engine is expected to offer significant highway fuel mileage gains over the 2.5-liter unit," Volkswagen said in a statement.