2020 Volkswagen Passat review: Perfect for ride-hailing

The Passat R-Line gets these sporty-looking 19-inch wheels.


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In a world full of spiffy new Honda Accords, Hyundai Sonatas and Toyota Camrys, the 2020 Volkswagen Passat kind of seems like a dud. It’s got super old bones and that comes through in every part of the experience. But spin it another way and there’s one way in which the Passat really, truly excels.

Like

  • Lots of room for passengers
  • Impressive overall driving range
  • Affordable starting price

Don’t Like

  • Kind of a dud to drive
  • Interior materials are lousy
  • Most driver-assistance tech is optional

The 2020 Passat is the perfect car for ride-hailing drivers. It’s got tons of room for passengers and a massive trunk for airport runs. It has hard-wearing leatherette seats and not especially luxurious carpets, so it’ll be easy to keep clean. It gets decent gas mileage and also has a giant fuel tank, so its cruising range is epic. Imagine for a moment you’re a driver for Uber or Lyft — all of these qualities are desirable, right?

Let’s break these qualities down in a bit more detail, beginning with the drivetrain. The 2020 Passat is only available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder

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Second stimulus check: What we know about a ‘dramatic’ IRS payment in 2020

White House and congressional leaders may begin work on a second stimulus package in the coming weeks.


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In May, the House of Representatives voted to pass a proposal for a second stimulus check, this time with payments up to $6,000 for US families. But if you listen to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the House bill “basically is going nowhere. It wouldn’t pass the Senate. It couldn’t be signed by the president,” he said.

McConnell added during remarks at the King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Kentucky on June 19 that if Congress does decide to pass another rescue package, “it will emerge in the Senate, it will be written beginning in my office, it will be done in July.”

President Donald Trump also talked about the prospects of a second stimulus package last week, saying something “dramatic” could come out of Washington soon that would include another economic payment check in 2020.

“I think we’re working on something that’s going to be very dramatic, very good,” the president said, responding to a journalist’s

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