Best Bet
(4.2) 91 reviews
MSRP: $7,990$17,978
Body Style: Sedan
Combined MPG: 23-35
Engine: 140-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (diesel)
Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
Transmission: 6-speed auto-shift manual w/OD and auto-manual
2013 Volkswagen Passat

Our Take on the 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Our Take

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 sea... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

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

9 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.