2012 Volkswagen Passat Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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What's New for 2012:
- Totally redesigned for 2012
- New available TDI clean-diesel engine

Exterior Features
The 2012 Volkswagen Passat is a midsize 4-door sedan offered in three different trims (based on different engines). Sixteen-inch alloy wheels are standard on base models.

Interior Features
The 2012 Volkswagen Passat seats 5 passengers and provides 15.9 cubic feet of trunk space. Standard amenities include full power accessories, Bluetooth connectivity, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an 8-speaker audio system. The Passat SE trim offers heated front seats, power driver seat, and a premium touch-screen sound system with satellite radio. Stepping up to the SEL trim level adds upgraded front seats, upgraded navigation system, and a Fender premium sound system.

Optional Features
Volkswagen groups many of the Passat's available options into packages. The Premium package adds fog lights, keyless entry/ignition, remote ignition, power passenger seat, and leather seating. The Sunroof and Navigation package adds a touch-screen navigation system, Media Device Interface (MDI) with iPod connectivity, and a sunroof.

Under the Hood
The base Passat 2.5L is fitted with a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine rated at 170 horsepower, while the Passat TDI is fitted with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo-diesel rated at 140 horsepower. Passat V6 models are equipped with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that generates 280 horsepower. All Passats are front-wheel-drive. The 2.5L comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission and has an available 6-speed automatic, while the TDI has an optional dual-clutch 6-speed automated manual transmission (DSG). Passat's V-6 models are only available with the DSG transmission.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Volkswagen Passat are:
- Passat 2.5L: 22/31-32/25-26 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Passat TDI: 30-31/40-43/34-35 mpg
- Passat V6: 20/28/23 mpg

Safety
Standard safety features on the 2012 Volkswagen Passat include front-seat side air bags, side curtain air bags, and Intelligent Crash Response technology.

In government tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Passat received 5 (out of 5) stars in all crash protection tests. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Passat received a \"Good\" rating--the Institute's highest--for both frontal-offset and side-impact crash protection, and was named a \"Top Safety Pick\" for 2012.


What's New for 2012:
- Totally redesigned for 2012
- New available TDI clean-diesel engine

Exterior Features
The 2012 Volkswagen Passat is a midsize 4-door sedan offered in three different trims (based on different engines). Sixteen-inch alloy wheels are standard on base models.

Interior Features
The 2012 Volkswagen Passat seats 5 passengers and provides 15.9 cubic feet of trunk space. Standard amenities include full power accessories, Bluetooth connectivity, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an 8-speaker audio system. The Passat SE trim offers heated front seats, power driver seat, and a premium touch-screen sound system with satellite radio. Stepping up to the SEL trim level adds upgraded front seats, upgraded navigation system, and a Fender premium sound system.

Optional Features
Volkswagen groups many of the Passat's available options into packages. The Premium package adds fog lights, keyless entry/ignition, remote ignition, power passenger seat, and leather seating. The Sunroof and Navigation package adds a touch-screen navigation system, Media Device Interface (MDI) with iPod connectivity, and a sunroof.

Under the Hood
The base Passat 2.5L is fitted with a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine rated at 170 horsepower, while the Passat TDI is fitted with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo-diesel rated at 140 horsepower. Passat V6 models are equipped with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that generates 280 horsepower. All Passats are front-wheel-drive. The 2.5L comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission and has an available 6-speed automatic, while the TDI has an optional dual-clutch 6-speed automated manual transmission (DSG). Passat's V-6 models are only available with the DSG transmission.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Volkswagen Passat are:
- Passat 2.5L: 22/31-32/25-26 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Passat TDI: 30-31/40-43/34-35 mpg
- Passat V6: 20/28/23 mpg

Safety
Standard safety features on the 2012 Volkswagen Passat include front-seat side air bags, side curtain air bags, and Intelligent Crash Response technology.

In government tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Passat received 5 (out of 5) stars in all crash protection tests. In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Passat received a \"Good\" rating--the Institute's highest--for both frontal-offset and side-impact crash protection, and was named a \"Top Safety Pick\" for 2012.


Available Trims for the 2012 Volkswagen Passat
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name SEL Premium (4dr Sdn 3.6L V6 DSG) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 32950.00 Engine 3.6L/219 City/Hwy MPG 20/28
Name S (4dr Sdn 2.5L Manual) Transmission Manual MSRP 20590.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/32
Name SE w/Sunroof & Nav (4dr Sdn 3.6L V6 DSG) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 30595.00 Engine 3.6L/219 City/Hwy MPG 20/28
Name SE (4dr Sdn 2.5L Manual) Transmission Manual MSRP 23725.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/32
Name SE (4dr Sdn 2.5L Manual PZEV) Transmission Manual MSRP 23725.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/32
Name SE (4dr Sdn 2.5L Auto) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 24825.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/31
Name SE (4dr Sdn 2.5L Auto PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 24825.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/31
Name SE w/Sunroof (4dr Sdn 2.5L Auto) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 25625.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/31
Name SE w/Sunroof (4dr Sdn 2.5L Auto PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 25625.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/31
Name SE w/Sunroof & Nav (4dr Sdn 2.5L Auto) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 26795.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/31
Name SE w/Sunroof & Nav PZEV (4dr Sdn 2.5L Auto) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 26795.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/31
Name SEL (4dr Sdn 2.5L Auto) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 28395.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/31
Name SEL (4dr Sdn 2.5L Auto PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 28395.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/31
Name SEL Premium (4dr Sdn 2.5L Auto) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 29895.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/31
Name SEL Premium PZEV (4dr Sdn 2.5L Auto) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 29895.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/31
Name TDI SE (4dr Sdn 2.0L Manual) Transmission Manual MSRP 25995.00 Engine 2.0L/120 City/Hwy MPG 31/43
Name TDI SE w/Sunroof (4dr Sdn 2.0L DSG) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 27895.00 Engine 2.0L/120 City/Hwy MPG 30/40
Name TDI SE w/Sunroof & Nav (4dr Sdn 2.0L DSG) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 29495.00 Engine 2.0L/120 City/Hwy MPG 30/40
Name TDI SEL Premium (4dr Sdn 2.0L DSG) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 32195.00 Engine 2.0L/120 City/Hwy MPG 30/40
Name SE w/Sunroof (4dr Sdn 3.6L V6 DSG) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 28995.00 Engine 3.6L/219 City/Hwy MPG 20/28
Name S (4dr Sdn 2.5L Manual PZEV) Transmission Manual MSRP 20590.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/32
Name S w/Appearance (4dr Sdn 2.5L Auto) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 22690.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/31
Name S w/Appearance (4dr Sdn 2.5L Auto PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 22690.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/31
Name S (4dr Sdn 2.5L Auto) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 21690.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/31
Name S (4dr Sdn 2.5L Auto PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 21690.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/31
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INTERIOR
  • Heated pwr front sport bucket seats -inc: dual 8-way seat adjusters, driver seat memory, dual pwr lumbar adjustment
  • Rear bench seat -inc: rear center armrest w/storage, 60/40 split-folding w/pass-through
  • Vienna leather/Dynamica cloth seating surfaces
  • Center console
  • Front/rear cupholders
  • Sliding front center armrest
  • Front/rear carpeted floor mats
  • Leather-wrapped multi-function adjustable steering wheel w/audio & phone controls -inc: paddle shifters
  • Highline instrument cluster -inc: multi-function display, compass
  • Trip computer
  • Pwr windows
  • Pwr door locks -inc: central locking, key-integrated remote, smart key
  • Keyless entry
  • Remote engine start
  • HomeLink universal garage door opener
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • Cruise Control
  • Climatronic automatic dual-zone climate control
  • Rear window defroster
  • Wood inlays
  • Leatherette side & door panel trim
  • Autumn nut burl interior trim
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • Front/rear reading lights
  • Footwell lighting
  • Leather-wrapped handbrake grip & shift knob
  • Front bucket seats -inc: 8-way manual driver seat, driver lumbar adjustment
  • Rear bench seat -inc: rear center armrest w/storage
  • Cloth seating surfaces
  • Front center armrest
  • Multi-function adjustable steering wheel w/audio & phone controls
  • Pwr door locks -inc: central locking, key-integrated remote
  • Dual visor vanity mirror
  • Heated front sport bucket seats -inc: 8-way pwr driver seat, pwr driver lumbar
  • V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces
  • Aluminum inlays
  • Heated front bucket seats -inc: 8-way pwr driver seat, pwr driver lumbar
  • Leather-wrapped multi-function adjustable steering wheel w/audio & phone controls
  • Chrome accents
  • Heated pwr front sport bucket seats -inc: dual 8-way seat adjusters, driver seat memory, dual lumbar adjustment
EXTERIOR
  • 18" "Bristol" alloy wheels
  • 235/45HR18 all-season tires
  • Pwr tilt/slide sunroof -inc: sunscreen, blind
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Protective side moldings w/chrome accents
  • Chrome window surrounds
  • Halogen automatic headlights -inc: coming home function
  • Front fog lights -inc: corner lights
  • Body-color heated pwr rearview mirrors w/memory
  • Intermittent windshield wipers
  • Body-color door handles
  • 16" steel wheels
  • 215/60TR16 all-season tires
  • Body-color pwr rearview mirrors
  • Body-color heated pwr rearview mirrors
  • 17" "Sonoma" alloy wheels
  • 215/55HR17 all-season tires
  • Intermittent windshield wipers -inc: heated washer nozzles
  • Pwr tilt/slide sunroof
  • 17" "Salamanca" alloy wheels
  • Body-color bumpers -inc: chrome accents
  • 16" "San Jose" alloy wheels
MECHANICAL
  • 3.6L DOHC MPFI 24-valve VR6 engine -inc: variable intake & exhaust cam timing, 130 mph speed limiter
  • 6-speed DSG automatic transmission
  • Front wheel drive
  • MacPherson strut front suspension -inc: coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar
  • Four-link independent rear suspension -inc: telescopic shock absorbers, weight-optimized anti-roll bar, acoustic axle decoupling
  • Electro-mechanical rack & pinion pwr steering
  • Vented front/solid rear pwr disc brakes
  • Chrome dual exhaust tips
  • 2.5L MPFI DOHC 20-valve I5 engine
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • Hydraulic rack & pinion pwr steering
  • Chrome driver-side exhaust tip
  • 2.5L MPFI DOHC 20-valve I5 PZEV engine -inc: 118 mph speed limiter
  • 6-speed automatic transmission
  • 2.0L DOHC 16-valve turbocharged TDI I4 engine -inc: 118 mph speed limiter
  • 6-speed manual transmission
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
    • Electronic stability control (ESC)
    • Daytime running lights
    • Dual front airbags
    • Dual front side-impact airbags
    • Front/rear side curtain airbags
    • Child safety rear door locks
    • Emergency trunk release
    • 3-point safety belts for all seating positions -inc: pretensioners
    • Hill hold control (HHC)
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • Premium VIII AM/FM stereo w/6-disc in-dash CD/MP3 changer -inc: touchscreen, (8) speakers, aux input, Fender premium audio system
    • Media device interface (MDI) w/iPod cable
    • Satellite radio
    • Bluetooth connectivity
    • RNS 510 navigation system
    • RCD 310 AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: (6) speakers, aux input
    • RNS 315 navigation system
    • Premium VIII AM/FM stereo w/6-disc in-dash CD/MP3 changer -inc: touchscreen, (8) speakers, aux input

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