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Volkswagen Passat Pulls Into 2017 with Intelligent Upgrades

If you're a connoisseur of the eponymous People's Car, you know why and how it appeals by the numbers. You needn't look to stellar ratings of 2017 Volkswagen Passat from Motor Trend, at 3.5 out of 5, U.S. News & World Report, giving an 8.1 out of 10, or Edmunds.com, awarding a 4.4 out of 5, for such proof – though, indeed, it helps. And when it comes to what's new under Passat's hood for the model year, the Berlin, Germany automaker has its flagship sedan speak for itself.

2017 Volkswagen Passat heads right out the gate with driver assist tech, connectivity functionality, and comfort and convenience amenities now available in lower trims. Not only does 2017 Passat R-Line now showcase a Composition Media touchscreen audio system complete with USB connectivity, voice control, SiriusXM support, and Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect capability to support your mobile lifestyle, but it also sidles you into the lap of V-Tex leatherette seating luxury. Front seats likewise now come heated, and the driver's seat is power-adjustable, so setting it to drive-time preferences is a snap. You can even equip Passat R-Line with the ability to cut through the thick of things thanks to an available Lighting Package that adds LED headlamps, daytime running lights and taillights.

2017 Volkswagen Passat SE offers standard-equipped KESSY keyless access with push-button start, making the sedan a model to get up and go. Outfit it with the available R-Line lighting package, and fog lights enter the fray for extreme low-visibility conditions. Plus, a Technology iteration of Passat SE, in either the 1.8-liter TSI turbocharged four-cylinder or powerhouse 3.6-liter VR6 engine build, brings to bear remote start, a Park Distance Control (Park Pilot) to simplify sliding into that sweet spot, sprawling 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and LED headlamps and taillights for striking brightness.

But it's perhaps 2017 Volkswagen Passat's Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), now standard across all trims, and earning the car an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK, that distinguish it from its segment competitors. Radar sensors and a camera work together, weighing the distance between Passat and traffic ahead, and if imminent front-end collision presents above 19 mph, audible and visual feedback sounds from the instrument cluster, and brakes activate, should you be unable to do so, to slow the vehicle. Plus, if you brake with insignificant force, the system recognizes it, instating targeted braking for a controlled halt.

And with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert now standard on R-Line and SE trims, it's also a snap to stay apprised not only of vehicles in adjoining lanes, but of those behind and at Passat's sides. Should you activate Passat's turn signal with a vehicle out of view or approaching, an LED on the outer side mirrors flashes, helping you avoid potential peril. And should Passat detect a possible crash into an adjacent vehicle, not only does a warning sound and show, but the sedan also applies brakes to assist in avoidance.

These curios are just the beginning as pertains 2017 Volkswagen Passat's prowess on the road. You can easily compare Volkswagen models to competitors here on our website, including Nissan Altima, to see how they stack up. And a test drive is just a short trip away to explore more. Stop in and see us here at Don Thornton Volkswagen of Tulsa, on 4240 South Memorial Dr., and we'll make sure you get the full vehicular tour.

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