Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com
July 11, 2012
As I teased in the Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC interactive review, there are two vehicles in the Cheers & Gears Detroit garage this week. The second vehicle is this, the 2012 Volkswagen Passat 2.5 SE. Its a midrange model and comes equipped with a 2.5L five-cylinder engine producing 170 HP and 177 lb-ft of torque. You have the choice between a six-speed manual or as in this Passat, an automatic.
First impressions so far:
- Exterior is a bit plain.
- 2.5L is a bit of odd engine with acceleration. Starting off, there seems to be no power. Get a little higher in the RPMs and boom, there's power and rapid acceleration.
- Like the touchscreen radio, now if they would do a large navigation and not a three inch deal.
- How is Volkswagen getting away calling this a midsize? The large back seat alone makes you think this.
I'll have more updates as the week goes on. Until then, drop your questions about the Passat off.
Update #1: Sorry for not updating this till today. Unfornately, I've been busy with a few other items that took up my time.
Anyways, the Passat is impressing me.. Mostly. The 2.5L is not the best engine for the Passat or any Volkswagen vehicle. Not the most powerful, nor the smoothest engine in its class. I wonder if it would rather be doing something else, like knitting. However, the 2.5L has been delivering some impressive fuel economy. My average so far is 28.2 MPG, which happens to be an MPG higher than the Kia Optima from last week. Also, I was able to match the Passat's highway fuel economy number of 31 MPG over the weekend. The Optima does beat it by 2 MPG though on that same loop.
The exterior and interior are growing on me. It's clean and simple. For most buyers in the midsize market, thats what they really want.
I'll have another update before the Passat heads back with some more thoughts. Drop off your questions in the meantime.
William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at email@example.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.