2013 Volkswagen Passat (VW) Reviews& Test Drives – Green Car Reports

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2013 Volkswagen Passat Review

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The 2013 Volkswagen Passat is the edition of a long-time staple of the VW Since the 2012 model the American-built Passat has grown in and been reduced in complexity, it closer to the established best-sellers on and price.

While that losing some of the Audi-style touches from the previous the new model hits the sweet in the mid-size sedan market and has very successful. You can thank Germanic styling, a comfortable and the option of Volkswagen’s ultra-efficient engines for that.

The four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged is actually the pick of the range, and the most efficient car VW sells in the the new 2013 Jetta Hybrid. The manages 31 mpg in the city and an impressive 43 mpg on the for a combined EPA rating of 35 mpg.

is nothing to sniff at either. ubiquitous 2.0-liter TDI four 140 horsepower, and produces 236 pounds-feet of If you still think that are smelly, noisy, and slow, your Nineties stereotypes and again.

A six-speed manual lets you make the most of all punch, and helps maximize too. A six-speed, dual-clutch is also available for more progress. It drops 1 mpg in the city and 3 mpg on the to the manual, but still manages a rating of 34 mpg.

So good is the diesel that little reason to pick any of the engine options. The base isn’t that impressive. free of flair, and delivers its 170 horsepower in an unenthusiastic way through a manual or automatic transmission to the wheels.

There’s a V-6 option 280 horsepower and a more muscular but it seems opulent and indulgent in a bare, restrained car.

Road manners are as close to the Passat as they possibly can be, the stretch in wheelbase, with differences in steering feel in the partly electrified system, and due to sizes. Still, the Passat is a car, so it’s not nimble in the sense of the word–it just its size well.

Visually, the is pure Volkswagen.

There’s aesthetic adornment or flamboyance, but it attractive and refined in a way that of the more bawdy four-doors are It’s big but not bulky, especially at the end where a delicately rendered might be its best detail.

The story continues inside, a cabin that eschews and glamor for chunky solidity and an layout. It’s a bluntly place to work, even if only the equal of the cabin in a or an Altima or a Legacy–and a bit of a step from the tightly grained, environment inside the smaller, successful previous Passat.

The VW Passat has upped its family-sedan in one big way. The rear seat is bigger than the bench in an or an Avalon, with the kind of of entry and exit we’re to getting in a minivan. The trunk’s pretty vast.

It’s also earned safety scores, and adds a camera on some models year, which helps a dearth of other useful gadgetry.

It remains shy of some and luxury features, either or specifically on some models and Want a base Passat TDI cloth seats, satellite and a USB port? It doesn’t exist.

The S doesn’t have rear-seat air Only the V-6 SEL has an option for real seats, though the synthetic on most other models a tough, convincing job.

Prices for the 2013 Volkswagen TDI start at $26,225 in SE trim. For you’ll get a sedan with up to 795 of driving in each tank of limousine-like rear-seat room, a dash of the handling brio expect from a Volkswagen. If attributes top your shopping for a new family sedan, the Passat if there may be better values, lookers, and better straight-line out there.

For more details, see the review of the 2013 Volkswagen on our sister site, TheCarConnection.

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