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A perfect purchase for recent college grads: Inside the 2018 Volkswagen Passat


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Recent college graduates are ready to take on the world — and they’re doing so in the all-new 2018 Volkswagen Passat.

Volkswagen has been the automotive ball-hog for a while when it comes to brand recognition. The parent company currently oversees well-known brands such as  Audi, Bentley, and Porsche.

Despite favor from the luxury lineup — the Volkswagen Passat has gained a reputation for safety, minimalist style, and fuel efficiency — making it perfect for recent graduates.

Hate studying? Not to worry — we’ve had the pleasure of doing all the cramming for you. Here are our top five reasons every recent grad should own the new 2018 Passat.


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Grown-up looks

Taking the jump from college into the workforce is a big deal — and looking the part is a major plus with the new Passat. This midsize sedan comes in seven different trim levels. The vehicle’s standard model comes with automatic headlights with options ranging from 16- to 18-inch wheels on higher trim packages.

Subtle changes such as the vehicle’s transformation from bubble-like headlights to its narrow design has elevated the Passat to a mid-level luxury market.

If you’re looking to be the boss, this sedan offers an R-Line package — equipped with custom badging and glossy black accents to match your upgraded 19-inch Salvador Alloy-Wheels. At this point, you wouldn’t need MTV’s “Pimp My Ride.”

Fuel Efficiency

As a recent grad, you know every dollar counts — but it probably wouldn’t be a good idea to ask your new co-workers for gas money. Luckily, the Passat has you covered with their 2.0 4L Turbo ranging from 25 mpg in the city to 36 mpg on the highway. The vehicle also impresses with their 3.6L V6 — offering an average of 19 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

Smart safety

Volkswagen has continued its legacy of reliability and safety by earning a NHTSA 5-Star Safety Rating for the 2018 Passat.

The sedan is equipped with the new Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS). This feature aids in the event of a crash by shutting off the fuel pump, unlocking all of the doors, and activating the hazard lights in the event the driver is not able to.

High warranty, low maintenance

There’s nothing like a piece of mind and The People First Warranty provides just that with a six-year 72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. This complimentary coverage is extended to all new Volkswagen purchasers and can be transferred to people who seek secondary ownership as well.


Whether you’ve saved for a new ride or still find yourself in shopping mode, Passat has a favorable asking price starting at $22,995. Even against competitors such as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, the Passat’s higher trim level is pleasingly comparable at $34,650.

For the amount technology and features, this midsize sedan has to offer, you can’t go wrong if you’re searching for practicality. Growing up isn’t easy — but this Passat makes the ride worthwhile.


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