2012 Volkswagen Passat

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2012 Volkswagen Passat Ratings


Consumer Rating

The J.D. Power 100-Point Score is based on hundreds of thousands of independent and unbiased opinions of verified car owners.
J.D. Power
Out of 100

Quality & Reliability

Measures the level of defects, malfunctions, and design flaws experienced by vehicle owners. Covers the entire vehicle from engine to infotainment system. A higher rating means fewer problems.

Driving Experience

Owners' evaluation of the vehicle's design, performance, comfort, functionality, safety, and technology, comprise this rating. Newer and recently-redesigned vehicles tend to score better.


J.D. Power's forecast of depreciation (how much of its current value the vehicle will likely lose) over the next three years. Lower depreciation equals a higher rating.

Dealership Experience

Not Rated
Owners' experience with this brand's dealerships during the purchase and service process make up this rating. Key factors include customer service, dealership facilities, and the quality of work.

Best Midsize Car of 2012

All J.D. Power rankings are powered by VIN verified vehicle owners. See ratings methodology.
Midsize Car
#5 Volkswagen Passat

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Owners Like

Measured owner satisfaction with 2012 Volkswagen Passat after 90-days of ownership.
  • Amount of trunk/hatch space
  • Comfort of the 2nd row seats
  • Forward visibility

Owners Don't Like

The problems experienced by owners of the 2012 Volkswagen Passat during the first 90-days of ownership.
  • Vehicle acceleration
  • Quietness of the vehicle interior
  • Vehicle stability in poor conditions

Performance Specs

MPG City

20 - 31


28 - 43


140 - 280


5 speed, Manual, 6 speed, Automatic w/Manual Shift, 6 speed, Manual


Gas I5, Gas V6, Turbocharged Diesel I4


Front Wheel Drive

Available Trims

2012 Volkswagen Passat Review

Meet the highest common denominator – the 2012 Volkswagen Passat. With a new design that’s sleeker and roomier than ever before the Volkswagen Passat lets you do something wonderfully exhilarating: have your German engineering and afford it too. The Passat offers a 3.6 Liter 280 horsepower engine with a DSG automatic transmission - one of the fastest-shifting transmissions available. Driven from the inside out the Passat challenges the longest of legs with over three feet of best-in-class rear legroom. Add a little more luxury with heated leather seats and dual zone climate control. Climb inside and the multi-function steering wheel helps make it easy to stay in control of the road your music and so much more. And there’s no such thing as lost anymore with touchscreen navigation right at your fingertips. It’s safe to say the Passat has got you covered. In the event of a collision the Intelligent Crash Response System unlocks doors turns off power to the fuel pump and turns on the hazard lights. The 2012 Volkswagen Passat – Street smart and autobahn worthy.

J.D. Power Award Winner

Performance Award Winner

Awarded to the models with the highest owner ratings for design and performance after the first 90 days of ownership
2012 Volkswagen Passat JD Power Award Winner
2012 Volkswagen Passat

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