When choosing a sedan you no doubt have a number of different criterion that you are looking for. Price, reliability, and style all play an important part of choosing a new car. If you are working within a budget it is even a good idea to check with your insurance agent to see how the price for insurance for the car rates with other cars. However if you have a family, likely one of the highest considerations goes to vehicle safety. This is where reliable third party test play an important role.

2012 Volkswagen Passat

2012 Volkswagen Passat


Among the most important of the vehicle safety tests comes from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (www.iihs.org). The IIHS is a non-profit organization that rates car safety by conducting crash tests. This same site is also part of the Highway loss data Institute which conducts studies of insurance data to rate human and economic loss with various models of cars.


Cars that are names as a “Top Safety Pick” by the IIHS are considered vehicles with “superior crash protection, with the + indicating good or acceptable performance in the new small overlap test.” As defined by IIHS. After conducting test on 18 2012 mid-sized family sedans the 2012 Volkswagen Passat was added to the list of “Top Safety Picks”. This is yet another feather in the hat of Volkswagen who already has received several other sililar award for it’s cars such as the Car and Driver 10 Best award that was given to the Volkswagen Golf and the Volkswagen GTI.

Combining the safety award with Consumerguides naming of the Volkswagen Passat as one of its 2013 Automotive Best Buys in the Mid-sized category makes the Passat a pretty good choice for a family sedan. While of course you still have to factor in style, features, and price, this makes the 2012 Volkswagen Passat a good vehicle to check out when making a car buying decision.