TDI is the only Passat worth buying in the US. Unless of course you really just want the true spiritual heir to the Impala legacy.
I like the new Passat and would gladly look at one in a year or so when its time for a new car....my only real complaint about the styling is the headlight assembly....IMO it cheapens the look of the whole car....Im hoping they come out with a projector or something for MY 2013 or 2014, I know it may seem like nitpicking and it may be but it bothers me...It would also be nice to see just a few more options available...different wheels... perhaps a sport package available on the TDI and VR6 trims....hell even the camry has a faux sports package available.
Finally drove the new Passat yesterday. There were no V6's so I drove the 2.5L SE. Very solid car that handles better than you think it well looking at the size of it. Interior is top notch and unmistakably VW. Comfy seats, good sight lines, great steering wheel.
But, as I suspected, the 2.5L, while fine around town, is lacking on the freeway. I'm sure most people might never notice or care since the car is a smokin' deal at the 2.5L's price point.
I'm planning to order a VR6 model soon, unless the GLI test drive knocks my socks off