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American version of Ford Taurus
By agn_gazer on
Vehicle2012 Volkswagen Passat SE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl 6A)
ReviewDriving and exterior feels more like an old Ford Taurus with an upgraded interior.Reliability and safety ratings are unknown at this time.Toyota Camry SE(2012 model) feels more sporty with a better handling. Camry also comes with a usable cruise control, better ground clearance, usable middle backseat, and better fuel economy.It also has more cup holders, fan openings in the back of the center console (for rear seat passengers), and no hump in the floor. Poor factory installed tires (Hankook Optimo 426). VWs
small side-mirrors offer limited side-visibility. OK front visibility. Ride is comfortable but too bouncy for my taste. Definitely does not feel sporty with 2.5l engine and suspension.
Best FeaturesNice, roomy, and quality interior. Nice audio: 6CD charger, SD memory card, AUX IN, satellite radio. Comfortable seats for 4 passengers. Adequate acceleration with a 5-cyl. engine. Transmission can be switched to manual mode. Sport drive mode available in the automatic mode (switches gears at higher rpm). Tinted windows everywhere. Cargo trunk has plenty of space and has a good shape that can maximize its usage.
Worst FeaturesSmall ground clearance (4.5). Cargo trunks lid is too short -> access to deeper parts of the cargo is difficult. Poor fuel economy in city traffic (~18-25mpg), better on highways (28-32mpg).Considerable under-steering, body roll during cornering that I did not expect from VW. Soft suspension makes the car bounce when hitting potholes or when coming to a complete stop.In the back, cup holders are in the middle backseats backrest. No other cup holders available in the back. Middle backseat unusable due to *very* high hump in the middle of the floor (so this is more like a very roomy 4-passanger car). Cruise control does not apply brakes: the car will accelerate when going downhill.
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