2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SE 4dr Sedan w/Sunroof (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
We traded our beloved 2007 Jeep Commander gas hog for the TDI Passat hoping to average 35 to 38 mpg's. (As an engineer, I could not bring myself to buy a hybrid). So far, after 8000 miles, we are averaging 44 mpg with a few tanks over 50. The torquey TDI almost never downshifts (max torque is at 1750 rpm) even in the hills and mountains of Western PA.
In addition, and unlike the Ford Fusion we test drove, the bluetooth, electronics, voice dialing, etc. all work! The first time, and every time.
The car has plenty of power, and will chirp the tires from a standing start if you are a bit too heavy on the gas.
Handling is very European, with predictable steering and confident roadhandling
Gas mileage. Getting 800 miles between fill ups is amazing!
The rear seat legroom is outstanding. Large adults can travel comfortably.
The diesel is extremely smooth and quiet.
Watching the RPM's change abruptly as the automated manual shifts is quite entertaining.
The car really has no weaknesses. We test drove a Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata and Chevy Impala but the VW is a hands down winner.
I do wish their options packages could be unbundled and you could pick individual options.