2016, 2017 Volkswagen Passat Prices: MSRP vs Dealer Invoice vs True Dealer Cost
MSRP Invoice Price Destination Fee Holdback Dealer Cost
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What's New for 2017?
The 2017 Volkswagen Passat is largely the same as the prior model year. The main change that came this year was the elimination of the SEL trim level. Along with the elimination of the trim level, some of the features and upgrades have been shifted around between the different trims.
Trim Levels and Options
The 2017 Volkswagen Passat has four different trim levels for consumers to choose from. These trims include the S, the SE, the R-Line, and the SEL Premium trim. The base trim level, which is the S, comes well equipped with some tech features, style upgrades, and an enhanced audio system.
With each trim level, the driver will get a few additional safety, tech, and luxury upgrades. The SEL Premium trim is by far the most advanced and luxurious. This trim level comes with the Passat Technology Package, a number of safety features, and a lot of different luxury upgrades in the interior and exterior of the car. Those that would like some of the features of the SEL Premium trim, but do not want to pay for all of the features, purchasing some add-on packages individually is also an option.
Engine Options and Efficiency
The 2017 Volkswagen Passat comes with two different engine options. The two most affordable trim levels come with a four-cylinder, 1.8-liter engine that produces around 170 horsepower. This is comparable to the engine performance of other large affordable sedans. This engine option also produces a fairly efficient 27mpg on average.
Those that upgrade to the top two trim levels will receive the 3.6-liter and six-cylinder engine. This engine option produces over 280 horsepower, which is ideal for someone that is looking for a sportier drive. Along with the more powerful engine, the fuel efficiency of the Passat will drop to around 23mpg on average.
The overall driving experience is considered a positive for the Passat. Some consumers have commented that the base engine option does not always provide enough power, particularly when passing on the highway. However, those that upgrade to the higher engine options are satisfied with the power and acceleration. Further, the SEL Premium trim has a sportier suspension system that can make the 2017 Passat very fun to drive.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
- Example: Base Volkswagen Passat invoice price + the dealer Invoice price of options + destination - Holdback = Total Dealer Cost.
- What is Holdback? A hidden amount that manufacturers give back to a dealer. It is a percentage of the MSRP or the Invoice price.
Total Dealer Cost - Rebate and Incentive + Taxes / Licensing Fees = True Dealer Cost. (You can get rebates and incentives here.)
Note: All Volkswagen Passat Prices above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.
A note about rebates: Most rebates are subtracted from the "on the road" figure. In most cases, you can have the rebate if you are arranging your own financing or you are paying cash. If you decide to use the manufacturer’s low interest financing, you do not usually get the rebate. Ask your dealer for details.