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2012 Volkswagen Passat Trims

S

Avg. Price: $15,632

S PZEV

Avg. Price: $15,198

Some tweaks to the emissions systems in the standard 2.5-liter inline 5-cylinder (I5) powerplant result in Volkswagen’s redesigned 2012 Passat S PZEV. High-efficiency catalytic converters combined with the ability to burn gasoline with significantly less sulfur content (i.e. California fuel) mean this 5-passenger base trim leaves a considerably lower carbon footprint, thus the Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV) moniker. But this snazzy family car still features nearly 16 cubic feet of trunk space, a sportier reworked suspension, standard 16-inch steel wheels, cloth upholstery and remote power door locks, as well as power windows and mirrors, dual-zone climate control, cruise control and telescoping tilt-wheel steering. Entertainment, meantime, is provided by a standard MP3-capable single CD player and 6 speakers, while communications are ensured with standard Bluetooth hands-free technology.

The popular Appearance package, featuring a 6-speed auto-manual transmission with sport mode, 16-inch alloy wheels and a folding rear-seat center armrest, is among the optional equipment for the VW’s new Passat S PZEV, as are carpeted front and rear floor mats, trunk organizers, and a unique Passat lip spoiler.

A slightly reworked version of the standard 2.5-liter I5 engine is mated with the ubiquitous 5-speed manual transmission (complete with brake hill holder) to give the 2012 Passat S PZEV 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. Mileage, meantime, is estimated at 21 mpg city/32 highway with the stick shift, while an available Tiptronic 6-speed auto-manual transmission with sport mode offers 22/31.

Standard safety equipment in the new Passat S PZEV includes 5-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), as well as traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, front head-restraint whiplash protection and front and rear head airbags. Additional standard safety features include turn-signal-integrated mirrors, daytime running lights, post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm.

S PZEV w/ Appearance

Avg. Price: $15,346

S w/ Appearance

Avg. Price: $15,826

For 2012, the Volkswagen Passat S, now representing the base trim of the lineup, comes across as a bigger, friendlier, more economically viable 5-passenger sedan. With standard 16-inch steel wheels and power-adjustable mirrors outside, and cloth upholstery, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, remote power door locks and power windows inside, the redesigned Passat S distances itself from many rival entry-level offerings. Add to all that a sport-tuned suspension, almost 16 cubic feet of trunk space, standard telescoping tilt-wheel steering, a trip computer, MP3-capable single-CD player with six speakers and Bluetooth hands-free communications technology, and this affordable sedan ought to strike a chord with those in the market for a well-endowed family car. Options for the base Passat S, meantime, include an Appearance package with 16-inch alloy wheels, 6-speed auto-manual transmission and folding rear-seat center armrest, as well as a unique Passat lip spoiler and carpeted front and rear floor mats.

Powering the front-wheel-drive 2012 Passat S is a brand-new 2.5-liter inline 5-cylinder engine (I5) that combines with the standard 5-speed manual transmission for 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. The manual transmission comes with a brake hill holder, while the available Appearance package replaces the stick shift with a Tiptronic 6-speed auto-manual transmission that includes a driver-selectable sport mode. EPA estimates put mileage with the manual transmission at 21 mpg city/32 highway, and the 6-speed auto-manual at 22/31.

Safety-wise, the 2012 Passat S is delivered with 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, front and rear head airbags and front head-restraint whiplash protection. Additional standard safety and security equipment includes daytime running lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, dusk-sensing headlights, remote antitheft alarm and a post-collision safety system.

SE

Avg. Price: $18,053

Now longer, leaner and more family-oriented, the redesigned 2012 Volkswagen Passat SE comes across as distinctly domestic. As the lower-midlevel trim in the lineup, this front-wheel drive 5-passenger midsize sedan keeps the 16 cubic feet of trunk space and new sport-tuned suspension, and then adds on 17-inch alloy wheels, leatherette upholstery, a power-adjustable drivers seat, heated front seats, heated power-adjustable outside mirrors and a folding rear-seat center armrest. In a nod towards its quasi-luxury forbears, the Passat SE also sports a leather steering wheel mounting redundant audio and cruise controls. More plebian standard amenities include power windows, dual-zone climate controls, remote power door locks, telescoping tilt-wheel steering and Bluetooth hands-free communications technology. Entertainment-wise, this classy sedan sports a 6-CD changer with eight speakers, satellite radio and a memory card slot for additional music choices.

In keeping with its notched-up status, the 2012 Passat SE is eligible for an available power sunroof, hard-drive navigation system and Passat lip spoiler, and can also be delivered with optional carpeted floor mats and various trunk organizers.

As with its S siblings, the 2012 Passat SE is powered by a standard 2.5-liter inline 5-cylinder engine and 5-speed manual transmission with brake hill holder, that puts out 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, good for 21 mpg city/32 highway. Additionally, a Tiptronic 6-speed auto-manual transmission with driver-selectable sport mode is available with mileage estimates of 22/31.

For 2012, the up-sized Passat SE boasts such standard safety equipment as 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), as well as traction and stability control. Of course, front side-mounted airbags, front and rear head airbags and front head-restraint whiplash protection are all standard, along with turn-signal-integrated mirrors, daytime running lights, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm.

SE PZEV

Avg. Price: $17,947

Re-engineered for the U.S market, the 2012 Volkswagen Passat SE PZEV is longer, leaner and cleaner than its Europe- and Asia-bound siblings, as well as boasting a new sport-tuned suspension. Some tweaks to the standard 2.5-liter inline 5-cylinder (I5) powerplant give it a cleaner emissions process that meets California’s stricter regulations and is designed to burn gasoline with less sulfur content, ergo, its Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV) designation. Meanwhile, standard amenities in this 5-passenger midsize sedan, like 17-inch alloy wheels, leatherette upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, folding rear-seat center armrest and dual-zone climate controls are, of course, identical to those in the regular SE trim. Also standard in this clean-leaning VW is a telescoping and tilting leather steering wheel mounting redundant audio and cruise controls, as well as power windows, power-adjustable heated outside mirrors and remote power door locks. Standard audio and communications equipment includes a 6-CD changer with eight speakers, satellite radio, a memory card slot and Bluetooth hands-free communications technology. Of course, a respectable 16 cubic feet of trunk space also endows this classy sedan.

Options for the 2012 Passat SE PZEV include hard-drive-based navigation, a power sunroof and the unique Passat lip spoiler, with such accessories as carpeted floor mats and various cargo organizers also available.

The clean-burning, 170-hp 2.5-liter I5 engine is standard for 2012’s front-wheel-drive (FWD) Passat SE PZEV, with the standard 5-speed manual transmission (including the brake hill holder) anticipated to get 21 mpg city/32 highway. Available for this squeaky clean sedan is a Tiptronic 6-speed auto-manual transmission with sport mode that’s EPA-estimated at 22/31.

In keeping with its family-oriented design, the 2012 Passat SE PZEV boasts standard 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), as well as traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, front head-restraint whiplash protection and front and rear head airbags. Daytime running lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, a remote antitheft alarm and a post-collision safety system all help round out this well-wrought sedan’s standard safety equipment.

SE PZEV w/ Sunroof

Avg. Price: $22,178

SE PZEV w/ Sunroof and Nav

Avg. Price: $18,903

SE V6 w/ Sunroof

Avg. Price: $22,160

Take the standard 2.5-liter inline 5-cylinder out of the 2012 Volkswagen Passat SE and replace it with a 280-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine to behold the Passat SE V6. This 5-passenger front-wheel-drive midsize sedan additionally boasts 258 lb-ft of torque when managed by the standard 6-speed auto-manual transmission with sport mode selectivity. Expect to get an estimated 20 mpg city/28 highway in fuel efficiency.

Just because it adds some significant oomph under the hood, a longer exterior profile and a sport-tuned suspension doesn’t mean the redesigned Passat SE V6 skimps on the amenities. Standard 17-inch alloy wheels, heated power-adjustable mirrors and a power sunroof are a couple of the exterior goodies, while leatherette upholstery, folding rear-seat center armrest, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and heated front seats remain part of the interior standard equipment. Then there’s standard dual-zone climate control, remote power door locks and power windows, all complemented by a leather, telescoping and tilting steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise controls. Entertainment is via a 6-CD changer with 8 speakers, satellite radio and a memory card slot, while Bluetooth hands-free technology helps ensure safe and efficient communications on the road. Optional equipment includes a hard-drive-based navigation system, while some available accessories include carpeted floor mats all around, a unique Passat lip spoiler and various trunk organizers.

Standard safety equipment in the 2012 Passat SE V6 includes 4-wheel antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, front side-mounted airbags and front head-restraint whiplash protection. Finally, daytime running lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, a post-collision safety system and remote antitheft alarm round out the standard safety equipment aboard VW’s classy V6 sedan.

SE V6 w/ Sunroof and Nav

11 national listings
Avg. Price: $22,590

SE w/ Sunroof

Avg. Price: $22,178

SE w/ Sunroof and Nav

9 national listings
Avg. Price: $19,798

SEL

Avg. Price: $20,862

The upper-midlevel 2012 Volkswagen Passat SEL is finally here. This family-friendly 5-passenger midsize sedan boasts a stretched body for added passenger room, as well as a significant weight loss and a sport-tuned suspension for some extra agility on the road. It also sports standard leatherette upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control and some extra cabin posh with its standard leather-wrapped telescoping and tilting steering wheel, as well as simulated wood cabin accents and front and rear floor mats. Then there’s the standard universal remote garage door opener, power windows, power-adjustable heated outside mirrors and center rear-seat folding armrest. A standard Fender premium audio system with an MP3-compatible single-CD player and 9 speakers, including subwoofer, is bolstered by satellite radio, a memory card slot, a dash-mounted video monitor and a hard-drive-based navigation system. On the exterior, this upscale family sedan boasts standard 17-inch alloy wheels and a power sunroof as well, and cabin accessories include carpeted floor mats front and rear, as well as various space-saving trunk organizers and a unique Passat lip spoiler.

The ubiquitous 2.5-liter inline 5-cylinder (I5) engine powers the 2012 Passat SEL, with the standard 6-speed auto-manual transmission, including driver-selectable sport mode, managing 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. Mileage estimates for the I5 run 22 mpg city/31 highway. The entire Passat lineup, it should be noted, is front-wheel-drive only.

As is traditional, the 2012 Passat SEL is extraordinarily safety conscious, boasting standard 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), as well as traction and stability control just for starters. Front and rear head airbags, front side-mounted airbags and a front head-restraint whiplash protection system, meantime, help ensure additional occupant safety. Further standard safety equipment aboard this well-wrought midsize sedan includes daytime running lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, a remote antitheft alarm and a post-collision safety system.

SEL PZEV

Avg. Price: $21,252

Reborn and renamed in 2012, the Volkswagen Passat SEL PZEV is longer, leaner and more agile than its quasi-luxury predecessors. From its new sport-tuned suspension to its nearly 16 cubic feet of trunk space to its 192-inch overall length, this 5-passenger midsize sedan was redesigned with the U.S. family steadfastly in mind. The standard 2.5-liter engine, also new this year, is tweaked to adhere strictly to California’s landmark emissions regulations and will burn low-sulfur gasoline with no degradation in performance; thus the Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV) rating. This doesn’t mean, however, that this upper midlevel trim gets cheated out of its plethora of standard goodies. A power sunroof and 17-inch alloy wheels bolster a pleasant and functional, if not awe-inspiring exterior, while heated front seats, leatherette upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, front and rear floor mats and simulated wood accents top the list of standard cabin amenities. Also inside are standard cruise control, dual-zone climate control, a dashboard video monitor, a universal remote garage door opener and a hard-drive-based navigation system. Entertainment is in the embrace of the standard Fender premium audio system starring an MP3-capable single-CD player and nine speakers and is complemented by satellite radio and a memory card slot. Standard Bluetooth hands-free technology, meanwhile eases communications. Options consist only of a number of cargo organizers and the one-of-a-kind Passat lip spoiler.

Powering the environmentally friendly, front-wheel-drive (FWD) 2012 Passat SEL PZEV is the just-introduced 2.5-liter inline 5-cylinder (I5) engine and its accompanying 6-speed auto-manual transmission. This matchup puts out 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, and is good for an estimated 22 mpg city/31 highway.

Standard safety features aboard the 2012 Passat SEL PZEV include 4-wheel antilock braking (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, front side-mounted airbags and front head-restraint whiplash protection. Additional safety equipment includes daytime running lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, dusk-sensing headlights, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm.

SEL Premium

Avg. Price: $21,496

The flagship trim for the redesigned 2012 Volkswagen Passat is the feature-laden SEL Premium. This 5-passenger midsize family sedan has been lengthened and lightened for more rear-seat passenger room and a more engaging drive. A new sport-tuned suspension system provides some added agility, and nearly 16 cubic feet of cargo room makes for better than average luggage-toting ability. This top-shelf trim also boasts standard 17-inch alloy wheels, a power sunroof, heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and simulated wood cabin accents. Additionally, the Passat SEL Premium is delivered with standard heated, power-adjustable front seats, a telescoping and tilting steering wheel that mounts audio and cruise controls, dual-zone climate control, memory for three drivers' settings and a universal remote garage door opener. Entertainment, meantime, is presented by Fender premium audio with a single-CD player and 9 speakers, all of which are bolstered by satellite radio and a memory card slot. A hard-drive-based navigation system is also standard, as is Bluetooth hands-free communications technology. Options run from a unique Passat lip spoiler to various trunk/cargo organizers.

Making its debut in the 2012 Passat SEL Premium is a 170-hp, 2.5-liter inline 5-cylinder (I5) engine that drives much of the lineup. A standard 6-speed auto-manual transmission with driver-selectable sport mode allows this re-wrought Passat to put down 177 lb-ft of torque and ensures 22 mpg city/32 highway.

In its role as a U.S.-based, family-friendly sedan, the 2012 Passat SEL Premium boasts such standard safety features as 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS) as well as traction and stability control. Occupant safety is provided by front and rear head airbags, front side-mounted airbags and a front head-restraint whiplash protection system. Further standard safety equipment includes daytime running lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, a remote antitheft alarm and a post-collision safety system.

SEL Premium PZEV

Avg. Price: $21,761

The 2012 Volkswagen Passat SEL Premium PZEV is now longer, leaner and tweaked to step a bit greener. This 5-passenger midsize sedan’s 2.5-liter inline 5-cylinder (I5) engine gets upgraded catalytic converters and the ability to burn low-sulfur gasoline in keeping with stringent California emissions codes, thus earning it a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV) rating. The I5 still puts out 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, aided by its standard 6-speed auto-manual transmission with sport mode selection. Expect some 22 mpg city/32 highway with this decidedly eco-friendly and decently efficient combination.

Green-leaning reputation notwithstanding, as the top-shelf trim in the 2012 Passat lineup, the SEL Premium still boasts 17-inch alloy wheels, a power sunroof and heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors. Leather upholstery, as well as leather and simulated wood grain accents give the cabin a posh feel, while power-adjustable heated front seats, front and rear floor mats and dual-zone climate control don’t hurt, either. Further cabin amenities include a telescoping and tilting steering wheel mounting audio and cruise controls, as well as a universal remote garage door opener and memory for three drivers' settings. Entertainment, meanwhile, is provided by the standard Fender premium audio system with an MP3-capable single-CD player and 9 speakers, including a subwoofer, not to mention standard satellite radio service and a memory card slot. Finally, standard Bluetooth hands-free communications technology complements a hard-drive-based navigation system to finish off this impressive list of features. Options, such as they are, include a unique Passat lip spoiler and a number of trunk/cargo organizers.

Standard safety equipment aboard the 2012 Passat SEL Premium PZEV includes 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, front head-restraint whiplash protection and front side-mounted airbags. Daytime running lights, a post-collision safety system, turn-signal-integrated mirrors and a remote antitheft alarm, meantime, also come standard in this classy sedan.

TDI SE

Avg. Price: $22,169

A direct-injected turbodiesel engine is the star aboard the redesigned 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SE. This longer, leaner, U.S.-made midsize family sedan is now a bit roomier and offers almost 16 cubic feet of trunk space, while the new sport-tuned suspension keeps it agile and comfy on all but the most decrepit roads. Standard features in this amped-up VW, meanwhile, include 17-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats with power-adjustable driver’s seat, leatherette upholstery, dual-zone climate control and a telescoping and tilting leather steering wheel mounting audio and cruise controls. Then there’s the standard remote power door locks, power windows and heated power-adjustable outside mirrors to complement split-folding rear seats with center folding armrest. Entertainment, meantime, comes in the form of an MP3-capable 6-CD changer with eight speakers, satellite radio and a memory card slot. Finally, Bluetooth hands-free communications technology is also delivered with this well-wrought family auto. Options for the 2012 Passat TDI SE include a power sunroof and a hard-drive-based navigation system, each necessitating the optional 6-speed auto-manual transmission, as well as the popular Passat lip spoiler and various trunk organizers.

A new-for-2012 140-hp 2.0-liter turbodiesel powers the Passat TDI SE. Either the standard 6-speed manual transmission or the available 6-speed auto-manual transmission, meantime, manages these ponies to produce a potent 236 lb-ft of torque. EPA estimates, by the way, put mileage in this perky sedan at a jaw-dropping 31 mpg city/43 highway with the stick shift and 30/40 with the auto-manual transmission.

Safety-wise, the 2012 Passat TDI SE boasts standard 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, front head-restraint whiplash protection and front side-mounted airbags. This classy sedan also sports standard turn-signal-integrated mirrors, daytime running lights, a remote antitheft alarm and a post-collision safety system.

TDI SE w/ Sunroof

TDI SE w/ Sunroof and Nav

Avg. Price: $21,763

TDI SEL Premium

Avg. Price: $24,443

As the crème-de-la-crème of Volkswagen’s reworked Passat lineup, the 2012 Passat TDI SEL Premium pretty much has it all. Longer, leaner and, with the new sport-tuned suspension, a bit more agile, this 5-passenger, family-oriented midsize sedan loads up the exterior with 18-inch alloy wheels, a power sunroof and heated power-adjustable outside mirrors. Inside, leather upholstery and a leather and wood steering wheel, as well as simulated woodgrain accents give an obligatory nod toward posh. Then there are the standard heated, power-adjustable front seats, remote power door locks, power windows, universal remote garage door opener, dual-zone climate control and telescoping tilt-wheel steering with steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. Memory for three drivers' settings is also standard, as are remote engine start, Bluetooth hands-free technology and a hard-drive-based navigation system. The highly touted Fender premium audio system, with an MP3-capable single-CD player and 9 speakers, complemented by satellite radio and a memory card slot, is also delivered with this likeable VW sedan. Exterior options include a unique Passat lip spoiler, while a number of cargo organizers are also available.

A brand-new, direct-injected 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) turbodiesel engine powers the Passat TDI SEL Premium for 2012. Managed by the standard 6-speed auto-manual transmission with selectable sport mode, this four-banger lays down 236 lb-ft of torque and is estimated at 30 mpg city/40 highway, very respectable numbers for its class.

Standard safety equipment in the 2012 Passat TDI SEL Premium includes 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), front head-restraint whiplash protection, front and rear head airbags and front side-mounted airbags. Additional protection is afforded by standard daytime running lights, front fog/driving lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, a remote antitheft alarm and a post-collision safety system.

V6 SEL Premium

Avg. Price: $22,817