Guide: 5=Perfect; 3=Good; 1=Poor
Pros: What do you like about your 2012 Volkswagen Passat?
Sturdy exterior look.
Simple interior design.
Surprisingly nimble handling for the size of the car.
Spacious back seats.
Cons: How would you improve your 2012 Volkswagen Passat?
Plain exterior look.
Interior material does not feel luxurious.
Much larger size compared to the previous generation.
Is this Volkswagen or Toyota?
2012 Volkswagen Passat Review:
It is built in America, and I like that very much. This new version of Passat does remind me of the Maxima and the Altima when they were first built in America. Just as the Nissans somehow no longer felt like Japanese cars, this new Volkswagen does not feel like a German car anymore. It is a good and a bad thing.
Volkswagen used to thrill its buyers. I loved my old Passat. It felt like a luxury car. Volkswagen engineers and designers made sure that almost every facet of my interaction with the car to be a good experience. Everything that I touched felt nice and sturdy.
The new Passat feels more like the Toyota Avalon. It is big and nice, but it does feel a bid old. This new car is not that exciting.
So far, I test drove the new Passat a couple of times. I am still not convinced that I like it as much as my old Passat, and I am not sure I am going to buy one. As much as I loved my old Passat, it started to give me some electrical issues after a couple of years. But I still enjoyed the car so much that I was willing to look past those issues. With the new Passat, however, I am not sure I will be able to live with similar issues if they indeed come up, because I am not sure I love this new version.
As the new Passat thrills me as much as the Camry does, and since my last Camry was as dependable as morning sunrises, I will most likely buy the Camry. Though, I will keep my eyes open for the Passat in the next three years. If owners review positively of the new Passat's reliability, I would more likely buy it the next time around. It is a Volkswagen after all, and it just is more fun to own one.
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