Compare 2012 Volkswagen Passat vs 2012 Toyota Avalon

2012 Volkswagen Passat
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4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual PZEV S 22 32 $19,746 $20,590
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S 22 32 $19,746 $20,590
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV S 22 31 $20,802 $21,690
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S 22 31 $20,802 $21,690
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV S w/Appearance 22 31 $21,760 $22,690
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S w/Appearance 22 31 $21,760 $22,690
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual PZEV SE 22 32 $22,752 $23,725
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual SE 22 32 $22,752 $23,725
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV SE 22 31 $23,808 $24,825
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE 22 31 $23,808 $24,825
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 22 31 $24,575 $25,625
4-Door Sedan 2.0L Manual TDI SE 31 43 $24,929 $25,995
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 2.0L DSG TDI SE w/Sunroof 30 40 $26,752 $27,895
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic PZEV SEL 22 31 $27,230 $28,395
4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL 22 31 $27,230 $28,395
4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SE w/Sunroof 20 28 $27,806 $28,995
4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SE w/Sunroof & Nav 30 40 $28,286 $29,495
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 3.6L V6 DSG SE w/Sunroof & Nav 20 28 $29,341 $30,595
4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SEL Premium 30 40 $30,876 $32,195
4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SEL Premium 20 28 $31,600 $32,950
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4-Door Sedan
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
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.0
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
City
22 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Large
Interior Dimensions
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
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.0 58.2
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 41.3
Passenger Capacity
5 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 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
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.7 x 0.4 11.1 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
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
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
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
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
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 - 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
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
26 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 19
Transmission
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
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.60 4.14
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sdn 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Passat Toyota Avalon
Suspension
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
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.7 8.0
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 - TBD -
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
--
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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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
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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