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2012 Volkswagen Passat

If you’re in the market for a mid-sized 4-door sedan, with class-leading features, superior fuel economy and built in the USA all for around $20,000, you may be considering the Volkswagen Passat.

Make — 2012 Volkswagen Passat
Model — Passat 2.5L, VR6 or TDI Clean Diesel
Where Manufactured — Chattanooga, TN
History and Category — VW is the world’s second largest automobile manufacturer and Europe’s largest automaker.
MPG — 2.5L 22 / 32 mpg. — reg. fuel
VR6 20 / 28 mpg. — prem. gas
TDI Diesel 31/ 43 mpg – diesel
Engine – 2.5L 170 hp.
VR6 280 hp.
TDI Diesel 140 hp.
Paired 6-speed automatic transmission or a manual on the 2.5L
Price – $19,995 – $32,950 loaded

I took the 2.5L SE model for a test drive. It was well equipped with ESC Electronic Stability Control, automatic dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, multi-function leather steering wheel with audio controls, 17″ alloy wheels, 8-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, touchscreen Premium Sound System and iPod port all standard and an optional navigation center.

Some other options include Fender (the Guitar people) Premium Audio system, sunroof, comfort sport seats, chrome accents, 18″ alloy wheels and leather seating.

Competes with:
• Hyundai Sonata SE
• Ford Focus SEL
• Mazda Mazda6 Touring
• Volvo S60
• Chevrolet Malibu

Likes:
• Designed and engineered in Germany built in USA
• Impressive rear seat leg room
• Love the diesel 43 mpg
• Fender Audio system is great
• Smooth ride and good handling
• No charge 3 year / 36,000 –care-free maintenance program

Dislikes:
• No backup camera available
• No optional All Wheel Drive
Remember, when shopping for a new car, test drive as many vehicles in the class you are looking in to make sure you find the car that is best for you.

Courtesy of YNN / Time Warner Cable
Aired: 9/06/2011

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