All-new 2012 Passat
Comparison Manual
All-new 2012 Passsat
The all-new 2012 Passat has the most
We see your sedan.
premium standard features in its class.1
And raise you a Volkswagen.
2011 Honda Accord LX
2012 Mazda6 i Sport
2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS
2011 Malibu LT
2011 Toyota Camry
2012 Ford Fusion S
2012 Nissan Altima 2.5
2011 Chrysler 200
2011 Dodge Avenger
2011 Subaru Legacy
2011 Mitsubishi Galant
2011 Subaru Outback
All-new 2012 Passsat
The facts.
The most class in its class.
Traditionally, to get a four-door sedan that starts
around $20K,2 youd expect to give up a lot. But thats
not the case with the all-new 2012 Passat. Starting
at $19,9952 it comes standard with the most premium
features in its class.1 Plus, the Passat offers the choice of
three sporty engines—including the TDI® Clean Diesel
that gets up to 43 hwy mpg.3 Its the best of German
engineering without the German-engineered price.
Multi-function steering wheel
This steering wheel comes with
integrated controls for easier
access to the entertainment and
Bluetooth® systems.
All windows with one-touch control
Just one touch lowers the windows
to let in the breeze, and one more
touch raises them right back up.
Disclaimers on page 18.
Premium standard features
Automatic headlights
They sense the drop in daylight
and can respond to light your
way—automatically. And when
things light up, theyll turn off
again too.
Bluetooth technology
Bluetooth lets you answer the
phone and make calls wirelessly.
Once your phone is synched with
your Passat, it allows you to make
calls from your contacts.4
Automatic vehicle illumination
The instant you unlock the doors,
the Passat will light up to welcome
you, inside and out. Its part safety,
part design, part comfort, and
all Passat.
Premium standard features
Dual-zone climate control
This feature lets you and your
front passenger each select your
preferred temperature setting.
60/40-split folding rear seats
The functional interior has rear
seats that fold down in a 60/40
split to reconfigure to your needs.
Intelligent Crash Response System
In the event of a collision, the
Intelligent Crash Response System
(ICRS) unlocks the doors, turns off
power to the fuel pump, and turns
on the hazard lights.5
Carefree Maintenance®
The Passat offers the most
comprehensive complimentary
scheduled maintenance program
in its class.6
Disclaimers on page 18.
TDI® Clean Diesel engine
The only car that gets
up to 795 miles per tank.
2.0L TDI Clean Diesel
140 horsepower
Let the Passat TDI Clean Diesel
set you free from the filling station.
236 lbs/ft of torque
It can achieve an astonishing 43
highway mpg and travel 795
miles3 on a single tank without
sacrificing one bit of turbocharged
miles per
performance. Thats all thanks to
gallon highway3
its TDI technology, which uses a
direct injection system and runs on
ultra-low-sulfur diesel, helping
reduce sooty emissions by up
to 90% compared to previous
diesel engines.
90% fewer sooty emissions
Range comparison7
Passat TDI
795 mile range
688 mile range
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
660 mile range
Nissan Altima Hybrid
630 mile range
Ford Fusion Hybrid
629 mile range
Honda Accord
602 mile range
Toyota Camry Hybrid
Disclaimers on page 18. Passat TDI based on man. trans. vs competitors with auto. trans.
2.5L engine
The only German-engineered
5-cylinder engine in its class.
2.5L engine
170 horsepower
The all-new Passat comes with the
option of a 2.5L, 170-hp, in-line
177 lbs/ft of torque
five-cylinder engine that also
boasts an impressive 32 highway
mpg.8 With all that power and
177 lbs/ft of torque, its better
than almost every car in its class.
allon highway8
That torque means its quick off
the line, so when the light turns
green, prepare to leave others in
your wake.
Torque comparison9
Passat 2.5L
177 lbs/ft
172 lbs/ft
Ford Fusion
167 lbs/ft
Toyota Camry
167 lbs/ft
Mazda6 i Sport
166 lbs/ft
Dodge Avenger
161 lbs/ft
Honda Accord
160 lbs/ft
Chevy Malibu
157 lbs/ft
Mitsubishi Galant
Disclaimers on page 19.
V6 engine
The only German-engineered
V6 engine in its class.
V6 engine
170 horsepower
If youre looking for the exhilarating
driving experience youve come
177 lbs/ft of torque
to expect from a Volkswagen, the
Passat delivers it in the 3.6L V6.
Couple it with a DSG® transmission
with Tiptronic® and enjoy seamless
acceleration and imperceptibly
allon highway10
fast gear changes. Add some stylish
new rims, and you just got yourself
a really nice ride.
Horsepower comparison11
Passat V6
280 hp
272 hp
271 hp
Honda Accord
268 hp
Toyota Camry
240 hp
Ford Fusion
Disclaimers on page 19.
Premium features competitive comparison
The all-new 2012 Passat
versus the competition.
Passat 2.5L S
Accord LX
Altima 2.5
Malibu LT
Sonata GLS
Fusion S
i Sport
Starting at12
Dual-zone automatic climate control
One-touch up/down feature for power windows
Blind spot mirrors
Automatic headlights
OnStar® Turn-by-Turn Navigation
60/40-split folding rear seats
Bluetooth® technology
Windows down control via fob
Multi-function trip computer
Multi-function steering wheel
Coming/Leaving Home feature
Push-button start
All-wheel drive
Complimentary scheduled maintenance
3 yrs, 36k miles
2 yrs, 25k miles
1 yr, 12k miles
Post-airbag deployment safety
Total premium standard features
Reasons to get a
1Based on manufacturers’ published specifications comparing 2012 Passat 2.5L S to 2011 and 2012 non-premium midsize sedans.
Range based on 32 hwy mpg EPA estimate and an 18.5-gal fuel tank. Your mileage will vary. 92012 Passat 2.5L, man. trans., 170 hp,
2Base MSRP for 2012 Passat 2.5L S with man. trans. $19,995 excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer charges. Dealer
177 lbs/ft. 2012 Ford Fusion S man. trans., 175 hp, 172 lbs/ft. 2011 2.5L Toyota Camry, man. trans., 169 hp, 167 lbs/ft. 2011 2.4L
sets actual price. 32012 2.0L TDI® Clean Diesel with man. trans.: 31 city/43 hwy mpg. EPA estimates. Range based on 43 hwy mpg
Honda Accord LX, auto. trans, 177 hp, 161 lbs/ft. 2011 2.5L Mazda6, man. trans., 170 hp, 167 lbs/ft. 2011 Chevrolet Malibu 2.4L man.
EPA estimate and an 18.5-gal fuel tank. Your mileage will vary. 4With compatible phone. 5The Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS)
trans.,169 hp, 160 lbs/ft. 2011 Mitsubishi Galant 2.4L auto. trans., 160 hp, 157 lbs/ft. 2011 Dodge Avenger 2.4L auto. trans., 173 hp,
will only activate in a collision where the airbags deploy or safety belt pretensioners activate. Not all collisions cause airbags to deploy
166 lbs/ft. Based on manufacturers’ published data. 102012 Passat 3.6L, auto. trans.: 20 city/28 hwy mpg. EPA estimates. Range based
or safety belt pretensioners to activate. Airbags are supplemental restraints only. Always use safety belts and seat children only in the
on 28 hwy mpg EPA estimate and an 18.5-gal fuel tank. Your mileage will vary. 112012 Passat 3.6L V6, auto. trans., 280 hp, 258 lbs/
rear, using restraint systems appropriate for their size and age. 63 years/36,000 miles of no-charge scheduled Carefree Maintenance,
ft. 2011 Toyota Camry SE V6 auto. trans., 268 hp, 248 lbs/ft. 2012 Ford Fusion S 3.0L V6 auto. trans., 240 hp, 223 lbs/ft. 2011 Honda
whichever comes first during term of new vehicle limited warranty. Some restrictions. See dealer or program for details. 7All ranges
Accord EX V6 auto. trans., 271 hp, 254 lbs/ft. 2011 Mazda6 3.7L V6, auto. trans., 272 hp, 167 lbs/ft. Based on manufacturers’ published
calculated using EPA hwy estimates and size of fuel tank. 2012 Passat 2.0L TDI® Clean Diesel, man. trans.: 43 hwy mpg. 18.5-gal.
data. 12All starting at MSRPs based on base model including a man. trans. except where man. trans. not avail.: 2011 Chrysler 200, 2011
tank. Fuel type ultra-low-sulphur diesel, all competitors based on regular unleaded. 2011 2.4L Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, auto. trans.: 40
Dodge Avenger, 2011 Mitsubishi Galant with auto. trans. Prices exclude transportation, taxes, options, title, and dealer charges. Dealer
hwy mpg. 17.2-gal. tank. 2011 2.5L Nissan Altima Hybrid auto. trans.: 33 hwy mpg. 20-gal. tank. 2011 2.4L Honda Accord, auto. trans.:
sets actual price. All comparisons based on manufacturers’ published data. All fuel economy values unless otherwise noted are EPA
34 hwy mpg. 18.5-gal. tank. 2012 2.5L Ford Fusion Hybrid, auto. trans.: 36 hwy mpg. 17.5-gal tank. 2011 2.4L Toyota Camry Hybrid,
estimates. Standard equipment may be shown with available features. Some restrictions. See dealer or program for details. Based on
auto. trans.: 35 hwy mpg. 17.2-gal. tank. Your mileage will vary. 82012 Passat 2.5L, auto. trans.: 22 city/32 hwy mpg. EPA estimates.
publicly available competitive information available at the time of printing. ©2011 Volkswagen of America, Inc.

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