Volkswagen Passat (2012)

CARBARN | Volkswagen Passat (2012) | The 2012 Volkswagen Passat ranks 4 out of 18 Affordable Midsize Cars.  Though the 2010 VW Passat's high price put it out of reach for a lot of midsize car buyers, completely revamped the Volkswagen Passat for 2012. The main gripe That test drivers have with the 2012 Passat is its conservative, bland styling. Test drivers like the VW Passat's available powertrains and say it maintains Volkswagen's reputation of building cars That are fun to drive. The completely redesigned Volkswagen Passat for the 2012 model year. The 2012 Passat receives a $ 7,000 price Decrease compared with the 2010 model. Standard features on the 2012 Volkswagen Passat include dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, auxiliary audio input, power windows and power locks. The 2012 Volkswagen Passat has three engine choices and four transmission options. Fuel-conscious shoppers will of like that Volkswagen offers a diesel version of the Passat. The base 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder engine makes 170 horsepower and is mated to either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with manual mode.


The mid-level engine is a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder turbodiesel engine produces 140 horsepower That. This diesel engine gets an EPA-estimated 30/40 mpg city / highway with an automatic transmission and 31/43 with a manual. The diesel engine can be combined with either a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed DSG automatic transmission with manual mode.

The Passat's most powerful engine is a 3.6-liter V6 makes 280 horsepower That that's also mated to a six-speed DSG automatic transmission. Fuel economy estimates from the EPA for this engine are 20/28 mpg. Overall, test drivers say the base five-cylinder engine is adequate, while the TDI diesel is the favorite for its fuel economy.  Reviewers Divided opinion is on the 2012 VW Passat's redesigned exterior. The Passat will not turn any heads, like the Hyundai Sonata or Kia Optima, but some test drivers point out That the Passat's more sedate style of Will age gracefully-styled brashly than its competitors.

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