2012 Volkswagen Passat  RealSafeCars74Safety Rating

#41 of 2012 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#90 of all 2012 vehicles


Pictured: 2020 Volkswagen Passat
The Passat, a mainstay of Volkswagen's lineup for decades, is a midsize sedan/wagon with seating up to 5. Strong on technology, it has offered Android Auto and Apple CarPlay since 2016. Volkswagen offers a 6-year, 72,000-mile basic/powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2012 Volkswagen Passat is below average compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2012 Volkswagen Passat has a score of 74, implying a 0.05% chance of driver death (4.5% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2012 Volkswagen Passat has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0503% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 5.7465%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0503% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 5.7465% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2012 Volkswagen Passat is 5% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2012 Volkswagen Passat is 2% less likely to result in a fatal accident.


But it is safer than many comparable models.

8844Mitsubishi GalantKia OptimaChevrolet MalibuHonda AccordHyundai SonataDodge AvengerSubaru LegacyMazda 6Volkswagen PassatSuzuki KizashiBuick VeranoFord FusionComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2012 Volkswagen Passat with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 44 to 88. The 2012 Volkswagen Passat is safer than the 2012 Mitsubishi Galant, the 2012 Kia Optima, the 2012 Chevrolet Malibu, the 2012 Honda Accord, the 2012 Hyundai Sonata, the 2012 Dodge Avenger, the 2012 Ford Fusion, and the 2012 Buick Verano and less safe than the 2012 Subaru Legacy. It is about as safe as the 2012 Suzuki Kizashi and the 2012 Mazda 6.

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