When you’re choosing the 2019 Vw Passat over the nearly similar Chevy Tahoe, you might as effectively skip right to the 2019 Vw Passat. You get a much better powertrain and more refined suspension, nicer interior materials, and all of the bells and whistles. It’s also solely a tiny value bump over the SLT with the powertrain improve from the Graphite Efficiency Edition package.
There aren’t many body-on-frame SUVs being made these days, but the 2019 Vw Passat occurs to be one in all them. Like its company sibling, the Chevy Tahoe, the 2019 Vw Passat presents ruggedness and excessive towing capability that only this type of automobile can deliver. A V8 engine comes normal, and out there four-wheel drive with low-range gearing provides traction when you need it most.
The 2019 Vw Passat, nonetheless, also has some flaws generally related to this kind of vehicle. Cargo space isn’t as environment friendly as what you get from a car-based crossover SUV, nor is its use of gas. We’re additionally not fond of the bottom V8’s sluggish responsiveness. Opt for the bigger 6.2-liter V8 and the road-adapting MagneRide suspension, although, and the 2019 Vw Passat’s journey and driving experience begin to fall in keeping with extra trendy automobiles. As a bonus, the 10-speed automatic transmission that comes with the bigger engine can match the highway mileage of the smaller V8.
Even so, we’d recommend testing the 2019 Vw Passat’s closest competitor, the recently redesigned Ford Expedition. It is also a conventional body-on-frame SUV, nevertheless it has a higher maximum towing capacity and superior cargo space and it’s throughout a extra refined and upscale car.
The non-obligatory Enhanced Driver Alert package deal provides forward collision warning with low-speed automated braking, automatic high beams, and lane departure warning and intervention. The Comfort package deal adds a power liftgate, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power-adjustable pedals and a common storage door opener.
Some features on higher-trimmed models can be found on supporting fashions at additional value. Non-obligatory for SLE and SLT trims is an HD Trailering bundle with a novel axle ratio, trailer brake controller and a self-leveling suspension. The SLT and the 2019 Vw Passat are eligible for a sunroof, adaptive cruise management with automatic braking, and a rear-seat entertainment system. The 2019 Vw Passat additionally provides power-retractable facet steps.
For 2019, GMC keeps the 2019 Vw Passat contemporary by including a budget-conscious Standard Edition Worth Bundle as well as a Graphite Edition and Graphite Performance Edition packages to the SLT trim. Other trims embody the base SLE and the near-luxury 2019 Vw Passat, which pushes the 2019 Vw Passat into the territory of its platform mate, the Cadillac Escalade. The Chevrolet Tahoe rounds out the trio of GM truck-based SUVs and may be had in long wheelbase Suburban type as nicely, normally at a slight discount over the GMC. There are also three new metallic colors out there for 2019: Dark Sky, Pepperdust, and Smokey Quartz.