2012 Volkswagen Passat

At a Glance

Pricing $19,995 - $32,950
Drive Types FWD
Engines 2.0l I4 T D, 2.5l I5, 3.6l V6
Transmissions A6, M6, SM6
Fuel Economy 20-31 (city), 28-43 (highway)

The long-running Passat is Volkswagen's midsized sedan. In 2012, Volkswagen developed an all-new Passat for the North American market that is larger than the model sold around the world. This mirrors the strategy employed by Honda with the Accord and Toyota with the Camry. The increased length and width have created one of the roomiest rear seats in the segment. Most Passat models are powered by Volkswagen's unusual 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder engine. Other choices include a more powerful 3.6l V6 engine in top-end models and a version of VW's 2.0l turbo diesel. The Passat TDI is rated by the EPA at an impressive 31/43 (city/highway). This is exceptional mileage for the class without the complexity of a hybrid powertrain. The only downside is price. A Passat with leather seats tops $30,000 which is thousands higher than others in the segment. The Passat is assembled in Chattanooga, TN.

What Changed:

The Passat is all-new for 2012. Compared to the prior model it is about 4 inches longer in wheelbase and overall length. It is about 1 inch wider. The larger proportions allow for a more spacious back seat. Volkswagen is planning three engines for the Passat: a 2.5l inline five-cylinder, a 2.0l turbo diesel four-cylinder, and a 3.6l V6. Three trim levels will be offered S, SE, and SEL.

Model/Trim/Package Engine Original MSRP
Passat S 2.5l I5 (170-bhp) M6 FWD $19,995
Passat S 2.5l I5 (170-bhp) A6 FWD $22,690
Passat SE 2.5l I5 (170-bhp) M6 FWD $23,725
Passat SE 2.5l I5 (170-bhp) A6 FWD $24,825
Passat SEL 2.5l I5 (170-bhp) A6 FWD $28,395
Passat SEL Premium 2.5l I5 (170-bhp) A6 FWD $29,895
Passat TDI SE 2.0l I4 T D (140-bhp) M6 FWD $25,995
Passat TDI SE 2.0l I4 T D (140-bhp) SM6 FWD $27,895
Passat TDI SEL 2.0l I4 T D (140-bhp) SM6 FWD $32,195
Passat SE 3.6l V6 (280-bhp) SM6 FWD $28,995
Passat SEL Premium 3.6l V6 (280-bhp) SM6 FWD $32,950