2012 Volkswagen Passat  -  $33,720


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $33,720
Base Invoice: $32,370
Destination Charge: $770
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Sdn 3.6L V6 DSG SEL Premium
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 23 | City: 20 | Hwy: 28
Body Style: 4dr Sdn 3.6L V6 DSG SEL Premium
Transmission: 6-speed DSG automatic transmission
Engine: 3.6L DOHC MPFI 24-valve VR6 engine

Pros

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


Model News

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.


Value Writeup

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.


Model Highlights

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.

Base Passats move quickly enough, and the 5-cylinder engine is quite smooth. The VR6 is the performance pick of the lineup; it's especially strong, smooth and responsive. But the TDI might put a smile on a lot of faces; with an EPA highway fuel economy rating of 43 mpg and a meaty 236 pound-feet of peak torque, this engine has more power than you might think and can move up to speed on the highway--or up long grades--without strain. The rack-and-pinion power steering is rather light in parking but well-weighted on the highway, and the Passat has a pretty nimble feel for a mid-size sedan.

The new Passat's larger cabin is now truly mid-size, if not larger, with a spacious, airy feel to the interior, enhanced by an instrument panel that doesn't swoop around but rather helps yield the most space in front of driver and passenger. The backseat is very generously sized--with enough headroom and legroom for most adults--and getting in and out is easy. Across the model line, the Passat comes with a 60/40-split folding rear seatback.

The 2.5 S model, which starts at $19,995, comes better equipped than most base models; a Bluetooth hands-free interface, air conditioning, remote locking, power accessories, a trip computer, steering-wheel controls and a 6-speaker CD sound system. The SE model adds leatherette upholstery, a power driver's seat, heated front seats, power heated side mirrors, an upgraded sound system with touch screen, and 17-inch alloy wheels. 2.5 SEL models bring a much more upscale look and feel with footwell lighting, added chrome trim, sport seats, a backseat ski pass-through and a navigation system. The SEL Premium model gets fog lamps, seat memory settings, push-button start and full leather upholstery. Appointments are similar in TDI models, only the SEL Premium Package includes 18-inch alloys and woodgrain trim. Top 3.6 SE and SEL models also get a sunroof and chrome-tipped dual exhaust system in addition to the SEL Premium equipment.

All Passat models include six standard airbags--including side-curtain airbags that cover front and rear occupants--plus standard electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes and hydraulic brake assist.


Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.4

EPA Classification
Mid-Size

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
28 MPG

Cruising Range - City
370.00 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
20 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
23 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
518.00 mi

Engine Type
Gas V6

Displacement
3.6L/219

Fuel System
Direct Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
280 @ 6200

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
258 @ 2500-5000

Trans Type
6

Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift

First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.92

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.79

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.19

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.86

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69

Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.26

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.77, 3.44

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140

Total Cooling System Capacity
13.0 qts

Passenger Capacity
5

Passenger Volume
102.0 ft³

Front Head Room
38.3 in

Front Leg Room
42.4 in

Front Shoulder Room
56.9 in

Second Head Room
37.8 in

Second Leg Room
39.1 in

Second Shoulder Room
57.0 in

Wheelbase
110.4 in

Length, Overall
191.6 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
72.2 in

Height, Overall
58.5 in

Track Width, Front
62.1 in

Track Width, Rear
61.0 in

Min Ground Clearance
5.4 in

Trunk Volume
15.9 ft³

Base Curb Weight
3446 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link

Front Tire Size
P235/45HR18

Rear Tire Size
P235/45HR18

Front Wheel Size
18 x -TBD- in

Rear Wheel Size
18 x -TBD- in

Front Wheel Material
Aluminum

Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
36.4 ft

Brake Type
Pwr

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
12.3 x 1.0 in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
10.7 x 0.4 in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
18.5 gal

Basic Years
3

Basic Miles/km
36,000

Drivetrain Years
5

Drivetrain Miles/km
60,000

Corrosion Years
12

Corrosion Miles/km
Unlimited

Roadside Assistance Years
3

Roadside Assistance Miles/km
36,000

Maintenance Years
3

Maintenance Miles/km
36,000

Maintenance Note
Carefree Maintenance Program

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
12V146000

Mfg's Report Date
APR 04, 2012

Component
FUEL SYSTEM, DIESEL

Potential Number of Units Affected
153

Summary
VOLKSWAGEN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 PASSAT VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 18, 2011, THROUGH JUNE 1, 2011. DURING ASSEMBLY, THESE VEHICLES WERE BUILT WITH A DIESEL FUEL FILTER ELEMENT THAT MAY NOT SEAL CORRECTLY.

Consequence
OVER TIME, OR AFTER CERTAIN DRIVING DISTANCES, THESE VEHICLES ARE SUSCEPTIBLE TO FUEL LEAKAGE. LEAKING FUEL, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, MAY LEAD TO A FIRE.

VOLKSWAGEN WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE DIESEL FUEL FILTER ELEMENTS, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MAY 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT VOLKSWAGEN AT 1-800-822-8987.

VOLKSWAGEN?S SAFETY RECALL NUMBER IS 20R7/W3. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION?S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
14V125000

Mfg's Report Date
MAR 17, 2014

Potential Number of Units Affected
150,201

Summary
Volkswagen Group of America (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Passat vehicles manufactured January 2011 through November 2012. In the affected vehicles, the low beam headlight bulb may become loose and lose electrical contact.

Consequence
A loss of low beam headlights may reduce the driver's visibility and increase the risk of a crash.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the bulb holder, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2014. Owners may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987. Volkswagens recall number associated with this campaign is 94G8/7V.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
16V078000

Mfg's Report Date
FEB 10, 2016

Component
AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected
658,303

Summary
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Golf and Jetta SportWagen, 2007-2010 Passat sedans and wagon, 2012-2014 Passat sedan and Eos, 2009-2014 CC, 2009-2012 Audi Q5, and 2010-2011 Audi A5 Cabriolet vehicles. Upon deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.

Consequence
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag inflators, free of charge. Volkswagen issued an interim notification to owners on April 12, 2016. Volkswagen owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Audi owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
15V483000

Mfg's Report Date
AUG 04, 2015

Component
AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected
415,825

Summary
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Volkswagen CC, Passat, and Tiguan, 2010-2013 Eos and Jetta, 2011-2014 Golf and GTI, and 2011-2013 Jetta Sportwagen vehicles. In the affected vehicles, debris may contaminate the air bag clock spring, a spiral wound, flat cable that keeps the air bag powered while the steering wheel is being turned. This contamination may tear the cable and result in a loss of electrical connection to the driver's frontal air bag.

Consequence
A loss of electrical connection to the driver's frontal air bag will prevent the air bag from deploying in the event of a vehicle crash, increasing the risk of injury.

The remedy for this recall is still under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Crash Test Note
The frontal safety ratings assigned to this vehicle apply to those that were manufactured after November 27, 2011 or have received repairs under Volkswagen Customer Service Action Notice 72D9/V7. Owners of vehicles manufactured on or before November 27, 2011 should check to be sure their vehicles have been serviced under this service campaign as those that have not may not earn the same frontal safety ratings.

Not Applicable

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
No Tip

Risk of Rollover
10.7%

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Rollover Note
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Barrier Rating Note
Not Applicable

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

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

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

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

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

 
BLACK
$0

 
CANDY WHITE
$0

 
REFLEX SILVER METALLIC
$0

 
PLATINUM GREY METALLIC
$0

 
OPERA RED METALLIC
$0

 
NIGHT BLUE METALLIC
$0

 
TUNGSTEN SILVER METALLIC
$0

 
GLACIER BLUE METALLIC
$0

 
STANDARD PAINT
$0

 
MOONROCK, VIENNA LEATHER/DYNAMICA CLOTH SEATING SURFACES
$0

 
TITAN BLACK, VIENNA LEATHER/DYNAMICA CLOTH SEATING SURFACES
$0

 
BEIGE, VIENNA LEATHER/DYNAMICA CLOTH SEATING SURFACES
$0

 
** VARIOUS ADDITIONAL PORT INSTALLED OPTIONS MAY BE AVAILABLE IN YOUR AREA-SEE YOUR AREA DEALER FOR A COMPLETE LIST **
$0

 
LIP SPOILER
$375

 
MAT KIT
$235

 
LUGGAGE NET
$95

 
TRUNK LINER
$125

 
FIRST AID KIT
$35

 
(4) SECURITY WHEEL LOCKS
$100

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