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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S PZEV
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SEL Premium 20 28 $31,600 $32,950
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S 22 32 $19,746 $20,590
4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SE w/Sunroof & Nav 20 28 $29,341 $30,595
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual SE 22 32 $22,752 $23,725
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual PZEV SE 22 32 $22,752 $23,725
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE 22 31 $23,808 $24,825
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV SE 22 31 $23,808 $24,825
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof 22 31 $24,575 $25,625
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV SE w/Sunroof 22 31 $24,575 $25,625
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav 22 31 $25,696 $26,795
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav PZEV 22 31 $25,696 $26,795
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL 22 31 $27,230 $28,395
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV SEL 22 31 $27,230 $28,395
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL Premium 22 31 $28,670 $29,895
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL Premium PZEV 22 31 $28,670 $29,895
4-Door Sedan 2.0L Manual TDI SE 31 43 $24,929 $25,995
4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SE w/Sunroof 30 40 $26,752 $27,895
4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SE w/Sunroof & Nav 30 40 $28,286 $29,495
4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SEL Premium 30 40 $30,876 $32,195
4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SE w/Sunroof 20 28 $27,806 $28,995
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual PZEV S 22 32 $19,746 $20,590
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S w/Appearance 22 31 $21,760 $22,690
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV S w/Appearance 22 31 $21,760 $22,690
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S 22 31 $20,802 $21,690
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV S 22 31 $20,802 $21,690
4-Door I4 Manual LX
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door I4 Manual LX 23 34 $19,666 $21,480
4-Door I4 Automatic LX 23 34 $20,396 $22,280
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV LX 23 34 $20,396 $22,280
4-Door I4 Automatic LX Premium 23 34 $21,308 $23,280
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV LX Premium 23 34 $21,308 $23,280
4-Door I4 Automatic SE 23 34 $21,992 $24,030
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV SE 23 34 $21,992 $24,030
4-Door I4 Manual EX 23 34 $22,334 $24,405
4-Door I4 Automatic EX 23 34 $23,064 $25,205
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV EX 23 34 $23,064 $25,205
4-Door I4 Automatic EX-L 23 34 $25,299 $27,655
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV EX-L 23 34 $25,299 $27,655
4-Door I4 Automatic w/Navi EX-L 23 34 $27,305 $29,855
4-Door I4 Automatic w/Navi PZEV EX-L 23 34 $27,305 $29,855
4-Door V6 Automatic EX 20 30 $25,048 $27,380
4-Door V6 Automatic EX-L 20 30 $27,191 $29,730
4-Door V6 Automatic w/Navi EX-L 20 30 $29,198 $31,930
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,746
$19,666
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,590
$21,480
Monthly Payment Estimate
$343 / month
$358 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line A massive rear seat and better-than-hybrid highway fuel economy mask the slight loss of refinement and nimble road feel in the 2012 Volkswagen Passat. Though the 2012 Honda Accord now has one of the more dated four-door sedan designs--and Bluetooth connectivity remains hard to get--its comfortable interior and perky, refined performance hit the sweet spot for families.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 22 mpg 23 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 32 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 57.0 56.4
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 42.5
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 56.6
Second Leg Room (in) 39.1 37.2
Front Head Room (in) 38.3 41.4
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 54.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.9 58.2
Passenger Volume (ft³) 102.0 106.0
Second Head Room (in) 37.8 38.5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 58.5 58.1
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.0 62.6
Wheelbase (in) 110.4 110.2
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.2 72.7
Track Width, Front (in) 62.1 62.6
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.4 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 191.6 194.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.9 14.7
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.7 x 0.4 11.1 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.3 x 1.0 11.1 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.5 18.5
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.0 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) NA - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.4 13.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.4 37.7
Tires
Spare Tire Size - TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P215/60TR16 P215/60HR16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P215/60TR16 P215/60HR16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3166 3217
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 16 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 9.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 140 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 440
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 170 @ 5700 177 @ 6500
Engine Type Gas I5 Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 177 @ 4250 161 @ 4300
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.5L/151 2.4L/144
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 23
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 26 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 32 34
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.60 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.12 1.77
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.65 4.39
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.86 0.87
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.78 3.26
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.27 1.15
Trans Type 5 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.66 0.53
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sdn 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Volkswagen Passat Honda Accord Sdn
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Double wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - 0.51
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 1.04
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link Multi-link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 5.7 6.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
 
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