2013 Volkswagen Passat: What's Changed

VW Passat

  • Most significant changes: A backup camera is now available  
  • Price change: TBA 
  • On sale: TBA 
  • Which should you buy, 2012 or 2013? 2012; the changes are too minor to warrant waiting for the 2013.

The Americanized Volkswagen Passat enters into its second model year as a carryover; the biggest change is the addition of a backup camera on some trims.

As strange as this omission sounds, the 2012 Passat wasn't available with a rearview camera no matter how high you climbed up the model's trim levels. For 2013, the hole has been plugged; a backup camera is standard on all SEL-trimmed models. The 2013 Passat is available in S, SE, SEL and SEL Premium trims with either a five-cylinder, inline-four-cylinder diesel or V-6 powertrains.

All SE and higher trimmed models also get a new center console design that now sports a pair of rear-passenger air vents, new cupholder designs and a new cover for the front storage area, according to the automaker.

A release date, pricing or additional trim updates weren't made available as of this posting. With only those pair of changes mentioned, there's really no reason to wait for a 2013 Passat unless you're dead set on having the backup camera.

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So it has a backup camera. Big friggin' deal. Don't people believe in looking around and using the mirrors?


I know that "center console rear air vents" feature was a huge gripe for Jetta owners when VW got rid of it in the 2011-and-newer models.

I was holding out/hoping for Xenon headlights option.

As it's already the end of July, if you can wait, then you should. It could make a significant difference when it comes time to sell/trade by having one year newer.


I'm holding out for LED DRLs. If the Jetta can get them so can the Passat.


I was hoping there would be a warning noise are bell if you turned the passat off and did not put in park. I wrecked a 2012 passat because I didn't put it in park and got out of the car.

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The great thing about this car is that the base version comes equiped with a 5-speed stick.It will be on the top of my list when buying a new car.


Dear car experts, I have 2012 Passat 2.5L SE. When I got 20000 miles service done, dealer technicians say tires are so worn out they should be replaced. I am not a reckless driver and rotated tires every 5000 miles, in a Midwest city (local tireshop technician also told me tires need to be replaced soon, when it was 15000 miles). Tires are Hankook Optimo. Is it normal to replace tires this fast? Or is it way too early to replace them? Or, instead of Passat, are the tires of poor quality?

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