Volkswagen Passat Earns Top Safety Pick from IIHS

By Blake Z. Rong | September 08, 2011
With a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2012 Passat joins the ranks of its fellow Volkswagen brethren as well as a jam-packed midsize segment. The Passat becomes the seventh VW model to earn the honor alongside the CC, Jetta sedan and wagon, Tiguan, Touareg, and Golf/GTI duo. The IIHS cited the Passat for having electronic stability control and head protection airbags standard—only cars with those features are considered Top Safety Picks. Of course, actually holding up in a crash goes a long way too. The Passat performed well in front, side, and rear crash tests, as well as the roof-strength test to see how vehicles fare in rollovers. Volkswagen credits its use of laser seam welding and high-strength steel, completed at the Passat's Chattanooga, Tenn., assembly plant.
The 2012 Passat goes head-to-head with the Subaru Legacy, Kia Optima, Hyundai Sonata, Chevy Malibu and Ford Fusion, all of which also earned the “Top Safety Pick” designation. Overachievers, every last one of them. Source: IIHS