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2013 Volkswagen Passat

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$6,277 — $16,937 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
23-35 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Comfortable, composed ride
  • Five-cylinder drivetrain's refinement
  • Roomy cabin
  • Massive backseat legroom

The Bad

  • Steering lacks road feel
  • Hesitation with optional dual-clutch transmission
  • Five-cylinder's high-speed passing power
  • V-6 needs premium gas
2013 Volkswagen Passat exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2013 Volkswagen Passat
  • Choice of three engines, including a diesel
  • Diesel rated at 43 mpg highway
  • Optional Fender stereo
  • Built in America

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Vehicle Overview

Redesigned last year, the Passat family sedan reflects Volkswagen's bigger and bolder styling direction, which consumers may also recognize in the Jetta sedan. They look similar, but the Passat is larger than the Jetta and has a larger footprint than the previous-generation Passat. With seating for five, it competes with midsize sedans like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Kia Optima.
New for 2013
SE models and above get a new center console with rear air vents and new cupholders while the SEL gains a backup camera.
Exterior
VW says the redesign for 2012 included a "predominance of horizontal body elements." The outside has sharp lines from front to back, replacing the somewhat soft lines of the previous Passat. It's an all-new look also seen on the Jetta, and elements like the grille are similar to those on the Golf and Touareg SUV. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 16-inch wheels; 17- and 18-inch wheels available
  • Available power moonroof
  • Available fog lights

Interior
There's more room on the inside of the Passat than before. The additional overall length and wheelbase help increase backseat room. Interior features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • CD stereo with auxiliary input and Bluetooth streaming audio
  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Available navigation system

Under the Hood
The Passat's standard engine is a 2.5-liter gas inline-five-cylinder but a more powerful gas V-6 and a turbocharged diesel four-cylinder are also offer...

Vehicle Overview

Redesigned last year, the Passat family sedan reflects Volkswagen's bigger and bolder styling direction, which consumers may also recognize in the Jetta sedan. They look similar, but the Passat is larger than the Jetta and has a larger footprint than the previous-generation Passat. With seating for five, it competes with midsize sedans like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Kia Optima.
New for 2013
SE models and above get a new center console with rear air vents and new cupholders while the SEL gains a backup camera.
Exterior
VW says the redesign for 2012 included a "predominance of horizontal body elements." The outside has sharp lines from front to back, replacing the somewhat soft lines of the previous Passat. It's an all-new look also seen on the Jetta, and elements like the grille are similar to those on the Golf and Touareg SUV. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 16-inch wheels; 17- and 18-inch wheels available
  • Available power moonroof
  • Available fog lights

Interior
There's more room on the inside of the Passat than before. The additional overall length and wheelbase help increase backseat room. Interior features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • CD stereo with auxiliary input and Bluetooth streaming audio
  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Available navigation system

Under the Hood
The Passat's standard engine is a 2.5-liter gas inline-five-cylinder but a more powerful gas V-6 and a turbocharged diesel four-cylinder are also offered. Mechanical features include:

  • Five-cylinder makes 170 horsepower and 177 pounds-feet of torque; works with a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission
  • Diesel 2.0-liter four-cylinder makes 140 hp and 236 pounds-feet of torque; teams with a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic
  • 3.6-liter V-6 makes 280 hp and 258 pounds-feet of torque and drives a six-speed dual-clutch automatic

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
145 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

Read reviews that mention:

(3.0)

i have had way to many problems with this car.

by brian N from fort worth texas on October 29, 2018

based on the number of problems i have had with this car I will never buy a volkswagen again. Let me list the problems. Had to have a front end alignment before warranty was up, which the dealership ... Read full review

(4.0)

Is one of the cars the most I like

by RMCruz from Las Vegas, Nevada on October 28, 2018

The model is one of the best spaces for me, great sound and comfort. Great saver gas and reliable. In overall its a good car. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2013 Volkswagen Passat currently has 5 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Volkswagen Passat 2.5L S

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Overall Evaluation
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Volkswagen

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 72,000 or 75,000 miles (model-year specific)

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    Model-year 2017 and older, 2 years/24,000 miles; model-year 2018 and forward, 1 year/12,000 miles; TDI models, 2 years/unlimited miles

  • Powertrain

    5 years/60,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    100-plus point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Passat received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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