So Motor Trend has named the Volkswagen Passat the 2012 Motor Trend Car of the Year. How did it win exactly? Yahoo attributes that to a few things including:
Advancement in design: According to engineering guru Chris Theodore the exterior is”tastefully executed with really tight shut lines and nice detailing.” The result is sort of a time-release appeal that blossoms upon close scrutiny or when hand-washing the vehicle. It’s a less flashy design than the Sonata’s, but way more cohesive than the Accord’s.
Engineering Excellence: Theodore again admits, “It’s the best-tamed VW I-5 application ever. The thrashiness has been masked, and the engine is very quiet. A fine choice for middle America in real-world driving conditions.” Jim Hall, product expert, declared “hands down, my favorite”
Efficiency: With a recorded fuel economy stat of 34.3 mpg, exactly halfway between the EPA city and highway ratings of 22/31 mpg, no wonder it ranked #1.
Safety: Six airbags, tire pressure monitoring, brake-assist, among many other features. Reynolds proclaimed the Passat “substantially more integrated and driver-attuned than the Camry. In the figure eight, its braking, turn-in, cornering, and exit are all fluidly linkable with less roll and better road feel.”
Value: Base priced at 27k not a bad deal. And ownership costs are also further suppressed by VW’s Carefree Maintenance Program, which picks up the tab for all scheduled stops during the 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.
Check out the Passat and let us know what you think. Is it a deserved win? If not, who else could have been in the running for this title? Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Chevy Impala?