2012 Volkswagen Passat officially starts at $19,995*

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Volkswagen has just officially announced pricing for the new 2012 Passat. The mid-size sedan is available in three trim levels of S, SE, and SEL. The base model S starts at $19,995, including $770 in destination charges, and that is about $3,500 more than the VW Jetta.

The new 2012 VW Passat is equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine producing 170 horsepower, and it is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission as standard.

Other standard equipment for the base model includes a dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity and 16-inch steel wheels. And moving up to the SE trim at $23,725 (plus $770 delivery charge), it comes with an eight-way power adjustable seat, 17-inch alloy wheels and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Another up trim is the Passat TDI, which is priced at $25,995 (plus $770 delivery charge). It comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, best of all, it has fuel economy rating up to 43 mpg highway.

Lastly is the powerful model of the 2012 VW Passat, which comes with a 3.6-liter V6 engine, and it has a starting price of $28,995. In the SEL trim level, it adds a RNS 510 Navigation, Fender Premium Audio System, Homelink, comfort sport seats, interior chrome accents, wood grain interior d├ęcor, exterior chrome accents. In addition, it comes with leather seating surfaces, keyless access and remote start, fog lights, driver seat memory, and an 8-way power passenger seat.