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A fair price for a new car is one of the top considerations when picking out a new car especially in these economic times. Its no wonder that the new 2012 Passat is one of the top considered cars in the midsize segment with a starting price of $19,995. The redesigned 2012 Passat combines the driving dynamics and interior quality that Tucson VW fans expect with the roominess, comfort and value that the public demands.

The 2012 Passat is being offered at Chapman Volkswagen Tucson in 3 different levels – S, SE and the SEL. The Passat offers many options including a choice between three types of engines – diesel 2.0-liter four cylinders, diesel 2.5-liter inline-five cylinder gas engine and a gas 3.6-liter V-6 engine.

One of the Passat’s most impressive qualities is its forgiving suspension, which translates into comfortable highway cruising. The Passat has better body control over big dips and rises than the Toyota Camry. This is different from the previous generations firmer ride but it makes sense for this car since it is more about comfort than sportiness.

As with other Volkswagens, the Passat has light-effort steering whether you get the gas engine, which uses hydraulic power steering, or the diesel, which has electric power assist. The steering wheel provides virtually no road feel but good precision makes it easy to steer on winding country roads.

Despite the suspension tuning, the Passat doesn’t turn into a lurching chaos on winding roads. For a big sedan, body roll is well controlled. Wheel sizes range from 16-18 inches and all versions of the Passat are fitted with the same suspension tuning.

The Passat has grown some with its redesign — 4 inches in length, half an inch in width and half an inch in height — but the cabin feels substantially roomier than the outgoing Passat. Legroom and shoulder room have increased. The backseat has nearly as much legroom as a long-wheelbase full-size sedan, which the Passat isn’t. This is the kind of car four tall adults could take on a long road trip and feel comfortable.

The spacious passenger area doesn’t come at the expense of cargo room, as the trunk measures a competitive 15.9 cubic feet. It’s very deep and rectangular, with few intrusions. A 60/40-split folding backseat is standard, and lowering the rear backrests reveals a large opening between the trunk and the cabin.

As required of all vehicles starting with the 2012 model year, the Passat includes an electronic stability system. Also standard are antilock brakes, side-impact airbags and active head restraints for the front seats, and side curtain airbags for both rows.

The Passat may have had a hard time fitting into the mainstream midsize segment in the past, but it’s clear the 2012 edition has a lot that will appeal to Tucson Volkswagen buyers in addition to its competitive price.