Detroit has the North American Car and Truck of the Year. Chicago? The Family Vehicle of the Year. And for 2012, the winner is the Volkswagen Passat.

While we must have missed last year's inaugural winner – it was the Hyundai Sonata, by the way – we did catch this year's award presentation. The Passat beat out two other finalists, the Ford Explorer and Mazda5, in the voting of 68 automotive journalists. Those car scribes all belong to the Midwest Automotive Media Association, or "MAMA," as the Chicago-based group is affectionately known.

Candidates for the FVOTY must be new or updated vehicles that have four doors, have base prices under $50,000, and "appear at one of MAMA's two annual rallies." Other models considered in the 2012 voting included the Chevrolet Volt, Dodge Durango, Dodge Journey, Ford Edge, Ford Focus, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Subaru Impreza, and Toyota Camry.


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      YoYoYou
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would rather blow a dead guy than buy this... and I am a VW enthusiast.
        Mr. Meaner
        • 2 Years Ago
        @YoYoYou
        Same, but this isn't aimed at guys like us -- it's aimed at people who don't live for cars (i.e. Camry, Accord Fusion etc. buyers.)
      regionrat
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Mazda5 was a finalist? lolwhut?
        Skylar Ross Toups
        • 2 Years Ago
        @regionrat
        the Mazda5 is a great little people mover, although I prefer the last generation styling vs. the current it's still a great option for small families who don't want an SUV or "minivan"
        Krishan Mistry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @regionrat
        Yes, and it should have won!
        flychinook
        • 2 Years Ago
        @regionrat
        The 5 is an excellent family car, I don't see what the problem is.
      BlackDynamiteOn
      • 2 Years Ago
      The People hate it! The critics love it! BD
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really? They voted for this bland horse carriage?
      BlackDynamiteOn
      • 2 Years Ago
      The People are ignoring this blog like a Passat at a dealership...... BD
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Mr. Meaner
      • 2 Years Ago
      Too bad they don't offer the Passat Alltrack here -- I'd buy it. http://www.volkswagen.de/de/models/passat-alltrack/galerie.html
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      I do have to say, the rear seat leg room is like being in a limo and the dash is the nice older German style dash that Mercedes and BMW should go back to. Hopefully the build quality will be better than the Mexican built ones.
      Ernie Mccracken
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Mazda5 would have been a much better choice
      ruissimo
      • 2 Years Ago
      NEVER AGAIN WILL I BUY A VW, let alone another Passat. Paying Audi/Porsche prices for service, combined with the reliability of a Yugo... I probably paid twice MSRP for this car over the 10 years I've owned it. No thanks.
      Juggie Meszaros
      • 2 Years Ago
      the car they should really send here is the scirocco because i would buy that in a heartbeat
      BG
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am sure it will sell well, but to my eye, it has a really bland exterior, sort of a Toyota Avalon-type of car.
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