Compare 2012 Toyota Avalon vs 2012 Volkswagen Passat

2012 Toyota Avalon
2012 Volkswagen Passat
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Avalon 4-Door Sedan 19 28 $29,876 $33,195
Avalon 4-Door Sedan Limited 19 28 $32,792 $36,435
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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
$29,876
$26,752
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,195
$27,895
Monthly Payment Estimate
$553 / month
$465 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
A classy, comfortable near-luxury sedan, the 2012 Toyota Avalon has a more modern look but traditional big-car handling and smooth performance. 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
19 mpg 30 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 40 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.2 57.0
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 42.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
55.8 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
40.9 39.1
Front Head Room (in)
38.9 38.3
Second Hip Room (in)
56.2 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.4 56.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
106.9 102.0
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
58.5 58.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.6 61.0
Wheelbase (in)
111.0 110.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.8 72.2
Track Width, Front (in)
62.2 62.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
197.6 191.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.4 15.9
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x - TBD - 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)
11.7 x - TBD - 12.3 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 18.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.9 36.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.22 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.1 16.4
Tires
Spare Tire Size
P215/55R17 - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/55R17 P215/55HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/55R17 P215/55HR17
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)
3572 3397
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Aluminum - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 9.2
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 140
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
268 @ 6200 140 @ 4000
Engine Type
Gas V6 Turbocharged Diesel I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
248 @ 4700 236 @ 1500-2500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/211 2.0L/120
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 30
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 40
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 0.91
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.14 3.99
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.90 2.05
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.68 4.12, 3.04
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.90
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.60 0.76
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.30 3.46
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.42 1.30
Trans Type
6 6
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sdn
Vehicle Name
Toyota Avalon Volkswagen Passat
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.94 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link 4-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.59 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - 7
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.0 5.0
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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