2012 VW Passat Voted Top Premium Midsize by Autobytel & AutoPacific Awards
Over 75,000 owners of new cars and light trucks in the United States were surveyed in the first quarter of 2012 to determine the winners of the AutoPacific & Autobytel 2012 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSA). Based on the results of the survey, the 2012 Volkswagen Passat has been awarded the title of America’s highest-rated Premium Mid-Size Car.
Aside from being built in a brand-new state-of-the-art facility outside Chattanooga, Tenn. the 2012 Volkswagen Passat is larger and more spacious than its predecessor, leading Volkswagen to claim best-in-class rear-seat legroom. Offering attributes like intelligent crash response, automatic climate control and a 3-year/36,000-mile free maintenance plan, along with a starting price under $21,000 goes a long way toward owner satisfaction.
Add a few features such as keyless entry, remote start, 18-inch wheels, navigation, leather, wood trim, and a six-cylinder engine, still coming under $35,000. Plus, even though the Passat is an American-built VW, it was engineered to run on the unlimited-speed Autobahn at full throttle. This means its switchgear is logically arrayed, its instrumentation is easy to read, and it is extraordinarily stable at high speeds.
Sum all that up, and you’ll come out with the best-rated premium mid-size car in America, the 2012 Volkswagen Passat.
The AutoPacific and Autobytel awards are designed to help consumers make choices in purchases by giving them true a “word-of-mouth” survey of experiences. The survey includes 48 individual vehicle attributes on which voters rank their vehicle in the ownership experience. Award winners are determined is based solely on owner input and the resulting measure of owner satisfaction demonstrated.
Neither AutoPacific nor Autobytel has a vote. In other words, the winners of the VSA are based purely on the numbers generated by the owner ratings. Auto Pacific does the arithmetic and Autobytel does the reporting. This makes the AutoPacific & Autobytel VSA very different from other automotive awards primarily concentrating on reliability, quality, or subjective journalist evaluations to the exclusion of how satisfied actual owners are with their vehicles.