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2012 Volkswagen Passat Sedan

Price Range: $20,590 - $32,950 | 20 MPG City - 28 MPG Highway

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2012 Volkswagen Passat Sedan

Benefits of Driving a 2012 Volkswagen Passat Sedan

The new 2012 Passat is no longer a premium-priced model; Volkswagen has made this redesigned model fully competitive in price and features with other high-value models such as the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima, and configured it size-wise to directly take on the Honda Accord. VW meanwhile has increased standard feature content and simplified the Passat to just 16 build combinations, all while lowering prices--meaning that if it's simply a well-equipped mid-size sedan you're seeking, the Passat is likely going to look like a great deal. The Passat remains one of the few mid-size sedans to offer the option of a manual transmission and the only non-luxury mid-size to offer a diesel. That TDI model comes with an astonishing 43-mpg EPA highway rating--enough to beat some hybrids.

What's new for 2012?

Volkswagen has completely redesigned its mid-size Passat for 2012, and while doing so, stretching it in size by several inches in overall length and wheelbase. This yields significantly more interior space--especially for backseat passengers. Ride quality is improved, too. Meanwhile, Volkswagen has expanded the standard feature list while trimming down options and build combinations--all while lowering the price significantly on some of the variants. At the same time, VW has brought an optional TDI clean-diesel engine back to the Passat.

Model Strengths

  • Vast backseat space
  • comfortable ride
  • crisp handling
  • smooth available VR6
  • excellent efficiency from the available TDI model

Model Review

The 2012 Volkswagen Passat lineup has been completely configured compared to last year's model. It's now offered in three different trims: S, SE and SEL. Among those trims, there are three different powertrains. Base 2.5 S, 2.5 SE and 2.5 SEL models come with a 177-horsepower, 2.5L 5-cylinder engine, offered either with a standard 5-speed manual gearbox or optional 6-speed automatic. TDI SE and TDI SEL Premium models add the 140-hp, 2.0L TDI diesel 4-cylinder engine, while top-of-the-range 3.6 SE and 3.6 SEL models step up to a 280-horsepower, 3.6L 'VR6' 6-cylinder engine. Both the TDI and VR6 engines come only with a 6-speed dual clutch DSG automatic transmission that can pull of remarkably quick shifts.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Intermittent Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Handsfree Wireless Std

Security

Alarm Std
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4dr Sdn 2.5L Manual S

Engine

Engine Type 2.5L Gas I5
Horsepower 170 @ 5700 RPM
Torque (lb-ft) 177 @ 4250 RPM

Fuel

Fuel Capacity 18.5 gal
Fuel Economy 22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Estimated max. distance per tank of gas 592 miles

Drivetrain

Driven Wheels FWD

Wheels

Rims 16 x - TBD - in.
Tires P215/60TR16

Interior Space

Seating Capacity 5 adults
Front Headroom/Legroom 38.3 in. / 42.4 in.
Rear Headroom/Legroom 37.8 in. / 39.1 in.
Luggage/Cargo Space 15.9 cubic ft.

Dimensions

Wheelbase 110.4 in.
Curb Weight 3166 lb.
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4dr Sdn 2.5L Manual S

Comfort

Air Conditioning Standard
Bluetooth, Hands-Free Standard
Climate Control Standard
Driver Lumbar Standard
Dual Zone Climate Control Standard
Front Bucket Seats Standard

Convenience

Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Cruise Control Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard
Power Windows Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional
Wheel Locks Optional

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard
CD Player Standard
MP3 Player Standard