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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 Sedan (Natl)
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 19 28 $29,876 $33,195
4-Door Sedan Limited 19 28 $32,792 $36,435
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,746
$29,876
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,590
$33,195
Monthly Payment Estimate
$343 / month
$553 / 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. A classy, comfortable near-luxury sedan, the 2012 Toyota Avalon has a more modern look but traditional big-car handling and smooth performance.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 22 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 32 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Large
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 57.0 58.2
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 41.3
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 55.8
Second Leg Room (in) 39.1 40.9
Front Head Room (in) 38.3 38.9
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 56.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 56.9 59.4
Passenger Volume (ft³) 102.0 106.9
Second Head Room (in) 37.8 37.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.0 61.6
Wheelbase (in) 110.4 111.0
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.2 72.8
Track Width, Front (in) 62.1 62.2
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.4 5.3
Length, Overall (in) 191.6 197.6
Height, Overall (in) 58.5 58.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.9 14.4
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 11.7 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 3.22
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) NA - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.4 16.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.4 36.9
Tires
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P215/60TR16 P215/55R17
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P215/60TR16 P215/55R17
Spare Tire Size - TBD - P215/55R17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3166 3572
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 17 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - 17 x 7.0
Rear Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 9.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 140 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type Gas I5 Gas V6
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 177 @ 4250 248 @ 4700
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.5L/151 3.5L/211
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 170 @ 5700 268 @ 6200
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 22 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 26 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 32 28
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.60 4.14
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.12 1.90
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.65 3.68
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.86 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Manual Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.60
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.78 3.30
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.27 1.42
Trans Type 5 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.66 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sdn 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Volkswagen Passat Toyota Avalon
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - 0.59
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 0.94
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link Multi-link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 5.7 8.0
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 6 - TBD -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
 
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