• Plush ride
  • Efficient diesel engine
  • Acres of legroom
  • Not as sporty as it once was
  • Interior has lost some of its exclusivity
SUM UP An American sedan with a German badge.

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for Passat in 2013

Volkswagen signaled a new direction with the introduction of the 2012 Passat. There are no significant changes for 2013...more

Overview

In cutting the Passat’s price by some $7000, Volkswagen achieved its biggest cost saving not in the interior (it is still quite nice) or the chassis (which provides a decent ride), but in the powertrain. The base engine in the 2010 model was VW’s highly regarded 2.0-liter turbo, which made a hearty 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque while returning 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. Now we get the old 2.5-liter five-cylinder from the Jetta. Despite having one more cylinder, this is not an upgrade. The five musters only 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, and despite the lower power output, fuel economy is about the same (21/33). For buyers willing to spend a little more, better options exist: the fuel-miserly diesel TDI and the potent 3.6-liter VR6. The turbo-diesel four-cylinder returns an excellent 30/40 mpg with an automatic transmission and delivers power much more enthusiastically than any hybrid does. The VR6 is smooth and vigorous but not as efficient as, say, the turbocharged four-cylinder in the Hyundai Sonata. There’s evidence of cost cutting in the interior, but the cabin is still comfortable, attractive, and functional. It is a cavernous space with excellent visibility. The Passat deserves consideration from buyers who previously considered it too small or too pricey.

Safety

ABS; front, side, and side curtain air bags; tire-pressure monitoring; and traction and stability control are standard. The Passat comes with Volkswagen’s Intelligent Crash Response System, which responds to an accident by unlocking the doors, shutting off the fuel pump, and turning on the hazard lights.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Volkswagen Passat

  • Ford Fusion
  • Honda Accord
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Toyota Camry

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2013 Passat Standard Equipment

Braking and Handling

  • Four Wheel ABS

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Auto On Headlights
  • Compass
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Windows
  • Steering Wheel Scope
  • Trip Computer

Interior

  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

Safety

  • Auto Day/Night Mirror
  • Brake Assist
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Front Fog Lights
  • Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
  • Heated Outside Mirrors
  • Heated Wiper/Washers
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Stability Control

Seats

  • Folding Rear Seat

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc Changer
  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • iPod Connector
  • Satellite Radio

Technology

  • Blue Tooth Compatible
  • Navigation System

Tires and Wheels

  • Alloy Wheels
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