By Bradley Hasemeyer
on 2.23.12
Photo by Bradley Hasemeyer

Taking a step back — a good one — VW returns to its roots of making stellar vehicles at earthly prices, and the result is the 2012 Volkswagen Passat, now made right here in America. Remarkably better than its predecessor yet refreshingly light on the wallet (prices start under $20 grand) the 2012 Passat is four-wheeled proof that “less expensive” doesn’t have to mean “cheaper”. Is this finally the European mid-sized sedan we can afford, with room to spare on a weekend whip? Is it a return to the people’s car? Time to find out in this installment of Behind the Wheel.

Video and photos right after the jump.

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