Sporting a fresh redesign, 2012 Volkswagen Passat is a large family sedan available in three different trim levels, including a diesel variant. The base trim is powered by a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine that produces 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. Transmission choices consist of a 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission. For upgraded performance VW offers a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 280 hp and 265 lb-ft torque, equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The TDI trim level offers a standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine that produces 140 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission the Passat TDI can achieve up to 43 mpg highway. Gas mileage for the petrol trims falls within an EPA estimated range of 20 mpg city to 32 mpg highway, depending on engine/transmission selection. Features include remote start, sunroof, navigation, premium leather seats, heated front seats, and hands-free phone capabilities. Safety is comprised of electronic stability control, intelligent crash response, anti-lock braking, and tire pressure monitoring. The Passat is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.
Detailed 2012 Volkswagen Sedan specs