Volkswagen's released pricing for the 2012 Passat, which we gave a rating of 7.7. out of 10 just this week as the first drive embargoes disappeared.
The new Passat carries a base price of $19,995, a fairly astonishing number when you consider the 2010 Passat stickered nearly $7,000 higher. The savings come, VW says, from building a car to American tastes, at a new American plant outside Chattanooga, Tenn.
The base Passat comes with standard five-cylinder power, a five-speed manual transmission, power windows/locks/mirrors, cruise control, automatic climate control, and Bluetooth. The five-cylinder can be optioned up from base to SEL trim that carries a pricetag of $29,895, while it adds on leather, remote start, and power front seats.
Our pick among the new Passat range, the TDI turbodiesel, has a base price of $25,995, and comes with a six-speed manual gearbox, heated front seats, and a touchscreen radio. Fully loaded, the TDI SEL Premium tops out at $32,195 and gets leather sport seats, remote start, a navigation system, Fender audio system, woodgrain trim, and power front seats.Later this year, the V-6 Passat shows up at dealers with a base sticker price of $28,995, and standard DSG shifting, 18-inch wheels, Fender audio, a sunroof and sport seats. In SEL Premium trim, the Passat six-cylinder caps the range at $32,950, and includes leather trim and memory for the power seats.
All Passats carry a $770 destination charge.
For more on its styling, features, performance, utility, and safety, see our full review of the 2012 Volkswagen Passat sedan.