Compare 2012 Chevrolet Impala vs 2012 Volkswagen Passat

2012 Chevrolet Impala
2012 Volkswagen Passat
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4-Door Sedan LS Retail
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Impala 4-Door Sedan LS Retail 18 30 $24,729 $25,760
Impala 4-Door Sedan LT Retail 18 30 $26,193 $27,285
Impala 4-Door Sedan LTZ 18 30 $29,088 $30,300
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4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SE w/Sunroof
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SE w/Sunroof 30 40 $26,752 $27,895
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SE w/Sunroof & Nav 30 40 $28,286 $29,495
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L DSG TDI SEL Premium 30 40 $30,876 $32,195
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.0L Manual TDI SE 31 43 $24,929 $25,995
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S 22 31 $20,802 $21,690
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S PZEV 22 31 $20,802 $21,690
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S w/Appearance 22 31 $21,760 $22,690
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic S w/Appearance PZEV 22 31 $21,760 $22,690
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE 22 31 $23,808 $24,825
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE PZEV 22 31 $23,808 $24,825
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof 22 31 $24,575 $25,625
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav 22 31 $25,696 $26,795
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav PZEV 22 31 $25,696 $26,795
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SE w/Sunroof PZEV 22 31 $24,575 $25,625
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL 22 31 $27,230 $28,395
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL PZEV 22 31 $27,230 $28,395
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL Premium 22 31 $28,670 $29,895
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Automatic SEL Premium PZEV 22 31 $28,670 $29,895
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S 22 32 $19,746 $20,590
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual S PZEV 22 32 $19,746 $20,590
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual SE 22 32 $22,752 $23,725
Passat 4-Door Sedan 2.5L Manual SE PZEV 22 32 $22,752 $23,725
Passat 4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SE w/Sunroof 20 28 $27,806 $28,995
Passat 4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SE w/Sunroof & Nav 20 28 $29,341 $30,595
Passat 4-Door Sedan 3.6L V6 DSG SEL Premium 20 28 $31,600 $32,950
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,729
$26,752
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,760
$27,895
Monthly Payment Estimate
$429 / month
$465 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Impala has a dated design and lacks excitement, but a stronger, smoother powertrain should make its simple layout and excellent interior space more palatable. 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.
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TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 30 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 40 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Cars Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.6 57.0
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 42.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
56.4 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
37.6 39.1
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 38.3
Second Hip Room (in)
57.2 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.7 56.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
104.5 102.0
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
200.4 191.6
Height, Overall (in)
58.7 58.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.5 61.0
Wheelbase (in)
110.5 110.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.9 72.2
Track Width, Front (in)
62.4 62.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
18.6 15.9
Brakes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.94 x 0.43 10.7 x 0.4
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)
11.93 x 1.18 12.3 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.0 18.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
13.3 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.0 36.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.4 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA
Tires
Front Tire Size
P225/60R16 P215/55HR17
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
QPX NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/60R16 P215/55HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
QPX NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3555 3397
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 9.2
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
125 140
Engine
Displacement
3.6L/217 2.0L/120
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
300 @ 6500 140 @ 4000
Engine Type
Gas V6 Turbocharged Diesel I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
262 @ 5300 236 @ 1500-2500
Engine Order Code
LFX NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 30
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 40
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.80 1.30
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.91
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.90 3.99
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.90 2.05
Trans Order Code
MX0 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.77 4.12, 3.04
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.40 0.90
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.70 0.76
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.50 3.46
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet Impala Volkswagen Passat
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sdn
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.18 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Tri-Link 4-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Touring NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.63 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Touring NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 7
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.3 5.0
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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