2021 Volkswagen Passat  RealSafeCars74Safety Rating

#48 of 2021 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#123 of all 2021 vehicles

Pictured: 2020 Volkswagen Passat
The Passat, a mainstay of Volkswagen's lineup for decades, is a midsize sedan/wagon with seating up to 5. Exceeding the average MPG (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and the carbon footprint. It has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Volkswagen offers a 6-year, 72,000-mile basic/powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2021 Volkswagen Passat is below average compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2021 Volkswagen Passat has a score of 74, implying a 0.05% chance of driver death (4.4% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2021 Volkswagen Passat has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0497% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 5.6721%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0497% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 5.6721% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2021 Volkswagen Passat is 7% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2021 Volkswagen Passat is 2% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

Active safety features on the 2021 Volkswagen Passat can protect loved ones by reducing accident severity and preventing accidents. All trims and versions of the 2021 Volkswagen Passat include the following active safety system: Front Assist. Some safety features are optional on the 2021 Volkswagen Passat--- although they add to the cost, one should consider the benefits of Lane Assist and Blind Spot Monitor.

Other safety technologies seem simpler but should still be considered. Optional Cornering Headlights / Leveling Head Lamps better illuminate the road ahead --- the lights point towards the direction that the vehicle is heading. Optional Light Assist on the 2021 Volkswagen Passat automatically switches off high beams headlights when another vehicle is nearby. Side mirror turn signals are standard on the Volkswagen Passat. They alert other vehicles of your intention to switch lanes, which allows the other vehicle's driver to prevent an impending accident with you.

And it is less safe than many comparable cars.

8464Chevrolet MalibuNissan AltimaKia K5Volkswagen PassatHyundai SonataToyota CamryChevrolet EquinoxSubaru OutbackAcura ILXMazda 6Subaru LegacyHonda AccordComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2021 Volkswagen Passat with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 64 to 84. The 2021 Volkswagen Passat is safer than the 2021 Chevrolet Malibu and the 2021 Nissan Altima and less safe than the 2021 Honda Accord, the 2021 Subaru Legacy, the 2021 Mazda 6, the 2021 Acura ILX, the 2021 Subaru Outback, the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox, and the 2021 Toyota Camry. It is about as safe as the 2021 Kia K5.

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