Is there anything new for the 2017 model year Passat?
What’s the difference between 2017 and 2016 VW Passat?
Aside from getting a fresh new option that doesn’t have any previous buyer’s wear and tear, what’s the point in buying a new car if it doesn’t have added features? We know this is what you’re thinking, especially during the brief window when the previous model year is still available and the new model year is beginning to roll into our inventory. The differences between the 2017 and 2016 VW Passat mostly center on new features, but those who place safety at the top of their must-have list will want to take note.
Is the 2017 Volkswagen Passat safer than the 2016 model year?
We don’t want to make any bold claims because the 2016 Volkswagen Passat did incredibly well when it came to safety ratings. The model earned a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for the base model, plus higher trims equipped with autonomous emergency braking and forward collision warning earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating. These represent the highest ratings possible from IIHS, so it’s no small achievement and should present plenty of drivers with reassurance for their family’s safety.
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The 2017 model year hasn’t received its ratings yet from the IIHS, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, another highly-respected organization for automotive safety, gave the model a five-star overall rating. The difference for the 2017 Passat is that forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking are now standard features across all trim levels, while last year the features started at the SE trim levels. Additionally, the R-Line and SE trims are gaining blind spot monitor with rear traffic alert.