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Awards & AccoladesThe Volkswagen Passat

When we set out to build the Passat, we had one thing in mind: everything. That attention to detail has led to praise by our drivers, critics, and even the automotive press. Check out some of our awards and accolades bestowed on us by those that know us best.

Introducing the 1.8L TSI® engine
Introducing the 1.8L TSI® engine

The turbo for every occasion.

The turbocharged 1.8L TSI® engine is our new standard for performance and efficiency,2 and now it's standard for the Passat. Kelley Blue Book notes that “it brings with it just as much (if not more) power and better fuel efficiency.” With 170 hp and up to 35 hwy mpg,2 it's no surprise that we're not the only ones talking about it.

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J.D. Power APEAL Award – 2013 Passat
J.D. Power APEAL Award – 2013 Passat

Volkswagen Passat

“Highest Ranked Vehicle Appeal  among Midsize Cars.”

J.D. Power has once again ranked Passat as most appealing in a study that looked at eight categories of vehicle performance and design. That's two years in a row.3 This is a trend we could get used to.

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Motor Trend ranks Passat #1 Midsize Sedan
#1 Motor Trend Midsize Sedan Comparison

Volkswagen Passat

Ranked #1 in Midsize Sedan Comparison.*

In a recent comparison test by Motor Trend, the 2012 Volkswagen Passat topped the top-selling midsize sedans in its class, including the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and, well, every other midsize they tested. Which means not only do our drivers love the Passat, but it seems that the critics do too. This might be cause for a victory lap.

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*Based on comparison of the 2012 Passat SE with five other 2012-2013 midsize sedans.

 
The Edmunds.com 40-MPG Challenge
 
2013 Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com A Best Family Car

A Best Family Car

Volkswagen Passat

The Passat is great for families. But don't take our word for it. See why Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com ranked it among the Best Family Cars for the second year in a row.*

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*For more information about the 10 Best Family Cars of 2013, visit
www.kbb.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley
Blue Book Co., Inc.

 
2012 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 5-Star Safety Rating
 

2012 Passat

National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration

5-Star Safety Rating*

It's a safe bet to say that the 2012 Passat is as safe as it gets. It earned a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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*Government star ratings are part of the National
Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment
Program (www.safercar.gov).

  • Cars.com Best of 2012

    Best of 2012

    2012 Passat

    We engineered the Passat to be bigger and better than before with maximum comfort and sportiness. But we didn't specifically engineer it to earn Cars.com's Best of 2012. It did that all on its own.

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  • 2012 Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000
     

    2012 Passat

    Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com

    Best Sedan Under $25,000*

    When it comes to safety, features, comfort, and everything in between, the 2012 Passat has got it all. Which is why it didn't just make the list of Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000,** it topped it.

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    *Model Shown: 2012 Passat 2.5L SE in Opera Red Metallic.
    MSRP for model shown is $23,725 including options and
    accessories noted above.
    **From 10 Best Sedans Under $25,000 on Kelley Blue Book's
    www.kbb.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of
    Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc.