Photo of 2016 Passat courtesy of Volkswagen.

Photo of 2016 Passat courtesy of Volkswagen.

Volkswagen's 2016 Passat will retail for a starting price of $22,440 for the base model in a year when the mid-size sedan gets a mid-cycle refresh.

Volkswagen's leading fleet seller will retail for $22,440 for the 1.8T S four-cylinder model with automatic transmission. The Passat SE trim retails for at least $26,280, while the SE with the Technology package starts at $28,410. The SEL Premium starts at $34,270.

Once buyers move up to a Passat equipped with a V-6 engine, the price moves up to $36,835 for the SEL Premium model. Volkswagen is also offering an R-Line option that provides sportier styling.

Volkswagen's second-generation infotainment system (MIB II) arrives across the lineup paired with touchscreens, as well as USB and Bluetooth connectivity. Rear-view cameras also come standard, two years ahead of a federal mandate for the 2018 model year.

Volkswagen is also offering the automatic post-collision braking system that applies the brakes after a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors to help reduce damage.

Options on select trim levels include adaptive cruise control; forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking; blind spot monitor with rear traffic alert; lane departure warning, which actively steers the car back into its lane; and parking steering assistant.