Fortunately, it's still very well thought-out and build and material quality remain high, although not quite as solid as the outgoing model. For those who think the exterior looks like a stretched duplicate of the smaller Jetta are clearly not alone. Along with their luxury Audi
brand, VW isn't putting much effort into differentiating the designs of their models. It's expected to have a common styling theme, but is it too much to ask for at least some creative effort? With a base price of just $20,000, the all-new 2012 Passat is an excellent mid-size sedan for those seeking a value-oriented car.