In the article “Hot Six Mainstream in Family Sedans” 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco vs. 2012 Honda Accord EX-L, 2012 Hyundai Sonata SE, 2012 Kia Optima EX, 2012 Toyota Camry SE, 2012 Volkswagen Passat 2.5 SE from the May 2012 issue of Car and Driver, the Volkswagen Passat is pitted against a line of mainstream family sedans and comes out on top.
After giving the low- down on the other contenders, the author finally get to the main event with his breakdown of the Passat. What the reviewers first noticed about the 2012 Volkswagen Passat was that it’s easier to climb into than its competitors and its bright, airy cabin. They admired the sightlines noting that they stand out largely due to the immense windscreen. Which, of course, contributes to the Passat’s exterior fashion statement.
“Bottom line: The Passat evinced the best fit and finish. It was the most fun to drive. You can own one—with a five-speed manual—for as little as $20,765. Know what? That is the American way.”
Car and Driver only reinforced what we already knew… the VW Passat is a force to be reckoned with! It’s got the lines, the power, the drivability you want while still maintaining its safe, family-friendly reputation.