Skip to main content

2012 Volkswagen Passat 2.5L SEL Premium

Ich bin ein Mainstreamer Volkswagen tried building cars in the U.S. once before, and it didn't end well for the Rabbits assembled in Westmoreland, PA. "In Vietnam, 'Westmoreland' was a synonym for boundless optimisim in the face of raw facts. The same principle applies here," said my friend Mike, explaining why his Rabbits at the time were imported from Das Vaterland. The real problem with American-made VWs wasn't Pennsylvania or a self-deluding General, Mike continued, but "mushbucket suspensions, chintzy build quality, frou-frou styling compromises," all resulting in a sub-par... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
2.5L I5
Power:
170 HP / 177 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Auto
MSRP:
$30,665 as tested
  • 0
    Volkswagen Passat
    Exclusive: We check out VW's new Fender audio systems
    1303513260

    At the 2011 New York Auto Show we experienced the 400-watt, nine-speaker Fender premium audio system in the Volkswagen Passat, Jetta GLI and Beetle, the three models in which it will be offered. When VW announced the partnership last December, the company said "Volkswagen and Fender put the concert in the car." That wasn't just a reference to getting good ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Passat
    Video: VW releases Darth Vader commercial's deleted scenes, bloopers
    1297198440

    There are only two car commercials from the Super Bowl that we're still talking about two days later. The first is Chrysler's two-minute-long love letter from Detroit to the rest of the country starring rapper Eminem, and the other is Volkswagen's Darth Vader commercial. Searches on Autoblog for the new Passat, which the commercial happens to be ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Passat
    Meet Max Page, Volkswagen's Darth Vader [w/video]
    1297117740

    Volkswagen was responsible for one of the more memorable Super Bowl ads Sunday night with its spot for the 2012 Passat thanks largely to the efforts of one tiny Darth Vader. As it turns out, the pint-sized Sith lord was played by none other than six-year-old Max Page. The actor got his start last year by playing Reed Hellstrom on The Young and the ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Passat
    VW Super Bowl XLV spots push new New Beetle and Passat
    1296669540

    Volkswagen of America will run two ads in the Super Bowl XLV February 6, one for the 2012 New Beetle and one for the 2012 Passat, neither one of which is on sale yet. The first ad, "Black Beetle," doesn't show the actual car, but rather shows a black beetle, as in insect, racing its way passed other insects in the forest. This beetle has a unique shape, ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Passat
    NHTSA investigating 2001-2007 VW Passat models over engine fires
    1296653400

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into Volkswagen Passat sedans and wagons built between 2001 and 2007. According to NHTSA, a total of 35 complaints have been filed regarding ignition coils that have malfunctioned, 14 of which resulted in an underhood fire. If this sounds familiar, that's because this is the ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Passat
    Video: Volkswagen teases 'Black Beetle' Super Bowl ad
    1296511080

    It looks like Super Bowl fans will be enjoying a pair of Volkswagen ads between plays this year. The German automaker is returning to the greatest spectacle in the NFL for the first time in nine years with two 30-second spots designed to get people excited about both the next-generation Beetle and Passat. We've had the good fortune of seeing both ads, ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Passat
    Fender teams up with Panasonic for Volkswagen audio systems
    1294923600

    Ask a car guy what a fender is and he'll point to the front corners of a car. A musician, meanwhile, will show you his guitar. (A sailor will toss a rubber bumper over the side, but that's neither here nor there.) But now the two are coming together as reports indicate that the iconic guitar company is getting into the auto industry. Well, almost. That'd ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Passat
    Detroit 2011: 2012 Volkswagen Passat is one big, fat Jetta
    1294680960

    Volkswagen has serious plans for its market share here in North America. The automaker hopes to sell 800,000 cars per year in the United States by the year 2018, and it's vehicles like the refreshed 2011 Jetta and this, the all-new 2012 Passat, that will be the bread-winners moving forward. If your first thought about the Passat's design is "big Jetta," ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Passat
    2012 Volkswagen Passat is German bred, Chattanooga born [w/video]
    1294628520

    As part of the Volkswagen quest to carve out an ever-larger slice of the American auto market, the German manufacturer has unveiled the newest addition to its lineup – the 2012 Passat. Penned specifically to cater to big-boned tastes of American buyers, the next-generation sedan wears a 110.4-inch wheelbase to make it larger than any of its ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Passat
    Confirmed: Volkswagen NMS will be named Passat
    1294606020

    We're less than 24 hours away from Volkswagen's big reveal at the Detroit Auto Show and while our man Paukert was staked out at a media gathering at VW's corporate headquarters in Herndon, VA he learned that the NMS will carry the Passat badge when it goes on sale later this year. Up until now, there was some question whether V-Dub would continue to use ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Passat
    Report: VW to build stretched version of new Passat in China
    1287581340

    China is getting its own version of the new Passat, and, big surprise, it's going to have a stretched wheelbase. China Car Times is reporting that the embiggened version of the next generation Passat will be 120mm (about 4.5 inches) longer than the sedan other markets will receive to allow for a roomier back seat. The stretched version of the Passat ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Passat
    Volkswagen opens floodgates on 2011 Passat
    1287154620

    Fresh after the 2011 Volkswagen Passat unveil at this year's Paris Motor Show, VW has unleashed a deluge of information and photos of the new sedan and its wagon counterpart. As with most manufacturers, Volkswagen seems bent on giving buyers all the tech they can stand. The 2011 Passat will ship with goodies like a fatigue detection system, the VW ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Passat
    Upcoming VW Passat up to 18% more efficient than predecessor
    1286402280

    Let's preface this one by stating the obvious; the U.S. won't be getting the 2011 Volkswagen Passat. Us Yanks will bid adieu to the Passat in favor of welcoming VW's upcoming New Midsize Sedan (NMS) to U.S. shores. With that covered, let's delve into the 2011 Passat. For starters, the Passat's softened exterior appearance surprisingly transforms the ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Passat
    VW sets single-tank distance record with 1,527-mile Passat BlueMotion
    1286283420

    What's the most you've ever gotten out of a single tank of gas? 400 miles? Maybe 600 miles if you're under diesel power? Volkswagen wanted to put its Passat BlueMotion to the test and see just how many miles it can cover on one tank. A team from the UK's Sunday Times set off from Kent, England with a full tank of diesel – then drove to the south of ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Passat
    Passat BlueMotion enters record books after going 1,527 miles without refueling; that's 74.8 mpg
    1286222520

    Gavin Conway, writer for the Sunday Times, buckled into a Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion and embarked on a journey. This trip was not your typical Sunday jaunt, nor was it what we'd call a grocery run. Let's just say that Conway had Guinness World Record visions dancing in his head. Followed by independent representatives who verified the run, Conway and ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Passat
    Paris 2010: 2011 Volkswagen Passat says hello in person
    1285800060

    Volkswagen was so eager to unveil its new Passat that it revealed the car a day before the Paris Motor Show actually begins. It's received the Jetta treatment to some degree, but the softer looks may actually work better on the Passat than for its smaller brother. The all-new Passat is intended for an older demographic and the styling seems to reflect ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Passat
    2011 Volkswagen Passat unveiled ahead of Paris Motor Show
    1285788600

    Volkswagen is slowly in the process of refreshing its entire product portfolio, and right on the heels of the recently introduced 2011 Jetta comes the seventh-generation Passat. The automaker's new corporate design language is in full force here, and observations of the new Passat looking like a big Jetta will not be disagreed with. A full range of ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Passat
    First image of 2011 Volkswagen Passat leaks out? [UPDATE]
    1283268480

    A Norwegian website claims to have snagged the first official photo of the 2011 Volkswagen Passat from one of the automaker's European retailers (they didn't, see the UPDATE below), and sources suggest we could see the restyled mid-size sedan as early as the Paris Motor Show this October. There's still some question about what engines will be available ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Passat
    Report: NHTSA reopens probe into VW Passat engine fires
    1280928660

    The fifth-generation (1996-2005) Volkswagen Passat was always a bit of a problem child for the German automakers and its vehicle owners. While it was both handsome and a pleasure to drive, it was afflicted by numerous mechanical maladies, including engine sludge and an issue with a heat shield that could contact the exhaust system and potentially trigger ...

  • 0
    Volkswagen Passat
    Videos: KBB awards $10,000 to winning reader car reviews [w/poll]
    1279134060

    We've seen a lot of consumer-grade video in our day (we've made a few, too), and the quality can be less than astounding. So when we got wind of the fact that Kelley Blue Book was hosting a contest awarding $10,000 to the best consumer car review video, we were skeptical of the quality of product we were expecting to see. Good news. We were wrong, and ...

Autoblog iPhone App
Shop for a vehicle