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After taking a year off, the 2012 Volkswagen Passat and freshly redesigned inside and out. The new Passat looks and feels modern and is ready to do battle in the competitive midsize sedan segment.

The redesigned Passat looks similar to the new look of the Jetta: understated, but not at all boring, there are crisper lines that firm up the formerly soft edges of the sedan. Also new for 2012 is the wheelbase, which is approximately four inches longer than it was previously and increases rear legroom.

Engine options have also been updated for 2012. The standard engine is now a 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter five-cylinder. If you’re looking for more efficiency out of your Passat, there is also a 140-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine that outputs a healthy 236 pounds-feet of torque. Rounding out the available engines is a powerful 280-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6. Transmission options include a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic for the standard engine, while the diesel gets a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual clutch automatic which is also the only transmission available with the V-6.

Fuel economy ratings vary greatly depending on which engine is equipped. The standard five-cylinder rates at 21 mpg/city and 32 mpg/highway. The clear winner is the diesel with EPA estimated ratings of 31 mpg/city and a cool 43 mpg/highway. Opting for the larger V-6 predictably drops the Passat’s fuel efficiency numbers to 20 mpg/city and 28 mpg/highway.

In an effort to keep the price lower, the new Passat has trimmed a few features that used to be standard on the old car and are now options, such as a sunroof. But it is still well equipped, adding automatic climate control as a standard feature, which is usually optional on other cars. The standard features list now includes Bluetooth® connectivity, auxiliary audio input, and split-folding rear seat. Other options include a Fender audio system, iPod interface, and a navigation system.

The 2012 Passat’s standard safety features include six airbags, antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, and on manual transmission equipped cars a hill start assist feature which prevents roll back.

The 2012 Volkwagen Passat’s return from hiatus is a successful one, the base price has been trimmed to make it more in line with the rest of the segment, and the three engine options ensure that you can get exactly the car you need.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 20 - 31 MPG
  • Highway: 28 - 43 MPG

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Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: *****
  • Frontal Crash: *****
  • Side Crash: *****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

79 of 83 (95%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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