2013 Volkswagen Passat
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2013 Passat SE 2.5

by from Hampton, VA on November 2, 2013

I recently got a new 2013 VW Passat SE 2.5. a huge step up from a 2013 WRX. First i want to comment on the quality of the materials on the inside. everything your body touches is plush and soft and fe...
I recently got a new 2013 VW Passat SE 2.5. a huge step up from a 2013 WRX. First i want to comment on the quality of the materials on the inside. everything your body touches is plush and soft and feels expensive. Also, nothing bends or creeks or pops when you push or pull on the door handle. Even while your driving and going over a bump here and there, there's no popping or cracking any where. There is quite a bit of room upfront for the driver and front passenger. The rear legroom is ENORMOUS. The deal breaker for us was when i situated the driver's seat to my preference and where i would be comfortable to drive, i put my 4 month old son's car seat behind me and i was surprised when there was approximately 2 inches until i even touched his car seat. Great deal for road trips with an infant. It also does a lot of little things like the trunk when opened it opens up all the way, all the windows are AUTO up/down, 8 speakers. As for the performance of the Passat, it's really unexpected and surprising. For a big, long and heavy car it has a lot of get up and go. Especially when you put it into the Sport mode, the throttle is more responsive and the shifting is quick. The Miles Per Gallon is great too. We have had the Passat a little over a week and we still have 3/4s of a tank of gas out of a full tank of gas the dealer put in when we got it. Also, we have been driving it every chance we get and trying to find excuses just to go and drive it for 10 minutes. My wife and I fight over who gets to drive it. The exterior styling is really executive. it's not wowing or mesmerizing by any means but its easy on the eyes and very nice to look at. WAY better than the previous model year that looks like a woman's kind of car due to the bubbly look and curves. This car has sharp, accurate lines and edges and doesn't scream subtlety. Like i said above, the look is very executive. Best car i've owned so far. I haven't had the car for that long so i don't have any negative feedback on it yet but i'm sure there will be small things that come up just like with every car.
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Passat TDI SEL Premium

by from Bay Area, CA on December 1, 2012

I leased a Passat TDI SEL Premium for 30 days (intended longer but dealer wanted to change the contract-ended up giving the car back) it was a great car. Styling exterior is very handsome, Interior-I...
I leased a Passat TDI SEL Premium for 30 days (intended longer but dealer wanted to change the contract-ended up giving the car back) it was a great car. Styling exterior is very handsome, Interior-I had Titan Black with Dynamica inserts, very nice and felt premium. The dash materials were a little on the cheap side but looked better in black. Carpeting definitely on the cheap side, most visible in back seat huge footwells. Interior was huge, tons of rear leg room, huge trunk. TDI-extremely impressed. 1st tank 42.5 mpg, 2nd 44. Over 768 miles driven on second tank. I now own Sonata Hybrid, I can't get to 700 even emploring hypermiling tricks. TDI is way more efficient even though Sonata shuts down when stopped or in traffic. Nav system is frustratingly slow but calculates ETA based on traffic and is fairly accurate--not so for the Sonata. Bluetooh integration is best I've ever experienced, phone menus and toggle buttons on steering wheel blow away anything out there. Why did I give it back...back pain. Those sporty seats that hug you when you get in also killed my back spending 2 hrs/day in the car. Might just be my shape or height but I don't experience this any where near as bad in my Sonata Hybrid...hence the 3 star rating for comfort. Oh, it has an 8 way power passenger seat...that is not found on anything in the segment!
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Diesel is the way to go!

by from McMinnville, OR on December 5, 2012

Con: Navigation and backup camera are slower than a snail climbing down a tree. Pros: Fuel mileage is exceptional! I will NEVER drive a gas vehicle again. Clean diesel is the way to go, especially if...
Con: Navigation and backup camera are slower than a snail climbing down a tree. Pros: Fuel mileage is exceptional! I will NEVER drive a gas vehicle again. Clean diesel is the way to go, especially if you are a commuter. Try a new VW Passat today! You will be highly impressed!
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Great Car

by from Camp Hill, PA on December 20, 2012

This is my 6 VW in 26 years of driving and by far the most fun one to drive. I chose the 5 speed manual transmission after driving 12 years of automatic Jettas. Smooth shifting and love the pick up th...
This is my 6 VW in 26 years of driving and by far the most fun one to drive. I chose the 5 speed manual transmission after driving 12 years of automatic Jettas. Smooth shifting and love the pick up the 2013 Passat has. Handles great and the kids LOVE the room in the back seat! I can fit 4 golf bags in the truck and the golfers fit comfortably in the car. Love what you have done with the size of the interior. The interior design is very basic, not flashy, and easy to understand. If you want a great car at a great value, the Passat is a GREAT choice!
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Greaaaat Car

by from NC on January 21, 2013

The ride is awsom. I drove several other new cars and the comfortable ride of the VW Passat is far above all of them in the near price catagory. The road noise is abated to the point of almost non-exi...
The ride is awsom. I drove several other new cars and the comfortable ride of the VW Passat is far above all of them in the near price catagory. The road noise is abated to the point of almost non-existant. The TDI diesel mileage is impressive
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Passat TDI SEL PREMIUM

by from Lakeville, MN on December 15, 2012

First time TDI owner and have to say I'm amazed. The car is incredible to drive, great low end torque and solid on the road. MPG is better than rated. Consisting getting 32-33 MPG in heavy city drivin...
First time TDI owner and have to say I'm amazed. The car is incredible to drive, great low end torque and solid on the road. MPG is better than rated. Consisting getting 32-33 MPG in heavy city driving and 42-44 in mixed highway and city driving. Straight highway will push or exceed 50MPG..simply amazing. Technology is good, the only thing I really don't care for is the remote start. Remote start will shut off when the doors are unlocked. Then you must restart vehicle. Fender sound system will shatter your glasses with crystal clear music. Navigation system is very easy to operate. Rear seat leg room is excellent. Trunk is huge. The TDI is responsive and off the start and does very well when you need to pass. It is not a sport car but very functional for typical highway driving. Visibility is excellent no real blind spot, side mirrors could be a little larger but are not trouble some. Rearview camera is nice but slow to turn on when the car is first started. Basically the computer takes a few seconds to boot up. I did test drive the new Honda Accord and Camry, both are very nice cars but they simply don't drive like a Passat, the choice was crystal clear after driving all these cars. If you have never drove a German car drive one, but be careful once you drive one you will not want to drive anything else. I do own a 2010 VW Jetta gas and it has been a fantastic car for us. Hope this helps you in your decision. Happy Driving.
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Great for the money

by from Phillipsburg, nj on January 12, 2014

I had to replace my commuting car ('10 Outback Sport). Wanted a sedan to have more room for the family and friends. Test drove every mid size on the market and for the money the Passat exceeded my exp...
I had to replace my commuting car ('10 Outback Sport). Wanted a sedan to have more room for the family and friends. Test drove every mid size on the market and for the money the Passat exceeded my expectations. Standard features are perfect, and it is great for my 100mile round trip daily commute. blue tooth works perfectly fine. Not a sporty or agile car, but that is not what it is designed to be, a few more hp in exchange for a few mpg would be nice thought.
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59 chevy

by from on January 19, 2013

We love our new VW Passat. The dealer was great. We would definitely buy it again. Comfort and Performance in one car.
We love our new VW Passat. The dealer was great. We would definitely buy it again. Comfort and Performance in one car.
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Nicely made domestic competitor

by from Rochester NY on January 30, 2014

Very impressed with the quality, performance, and gas mileage of this intermediate sized vehicle. Domestic production of this formerly German vehicle has not suffered from what is normally referred to...
Very impressed with the quality, performance, and gas mileage of this intermediate sized vehicle. Domestic production of this formerly German vehicle has not suffered from what is normally referred to as "trans-oceanic mediocrity"
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Passat TDI 2.0 SEL Premium

by from northwest indiana on May 18, 2013

We have had this vehicle for three weeks now and have 1700 miles on it. I previously owned a 2012 Toyota Highlander and was only getting 21.5mpg on the highway, with the Passat I am consistently getti...
We have had this vehicle for three weeks now and have 1700 miles on it. I previously owned a 2012 Toyota Highlander and was only getting 21.5mpg on the highway, with the Passat I am consistently getting 48-50mpg's on the highway. My wife and I have never owned a VW before let a lone a diesel, however, after reading the reviews we decided why not? Have not regretted the decision yet! My wife who is used to driving v6's loves this vehicle, and drives it everyday city highway mix about 35 miles on way and is averaging 43mpg and does not want to drive her 2012 Toyota Venza anymore. She loves the power, nav system, fender sound system, and the feel of the vehicle. This has been a great purchase so far and I have only filled the vehicle up twice. I am getting 600-650 miles per tank (dealer did not fill up vehicle originally only had a half tank). Best vehicle for a commuter or family that does a lot of driving we average 25k per year and this is a great choice so far.
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