After years of tinkering, engineers have given the 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT some real guts. 

Based on the R-Line trim, it adds 20 plus sporty accents from front to back and inside. But the GT goes a step further, crouching 0.6-inch lower and equipped with a sport-tuned suspension… for a more solid feel. Steering is light and quick. The eager 280-horsepower 3.6-liter VR6 makes the GT something of a bargain while the 6-speed Tiptronic with steering wheel- mounted paddle shifters never misses a beat. A throaty exhaust caps off the sporting flare. 

On sale now, the 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT starts under $30,000. 


  • Engine: 3.6 liter
  • Horsepower: 280
  • Price: Starts under $30,000