2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI SE 4dr Sedan w/Sunroof, Navigation (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
I am extremely thorough in my research and very picky when it comes to the car I want.
I am a college student; however travel 25,000-30,000 a year for my job as an Ice hockey referee; I travel the midwest and east coast.
This car thus far is awesome on road trips.
Quiet, smooth, powerful tdi engine.
3 driving modes make this awesome to drive, while I am getting 43 mpg highway and 30 mpg city (not babying it @75 on the highway).
I did replace the awful hankook tires with Continental extreme contact dws.
The build design is great and you can tell the high quality, just watch for the rattles in which the dealer quickly fixed.
If you want a fun to drive sedan with awesome mpg get this!
I love the TDI without a doubt, this is the clear winner here.
I hav no idea why some sites say the tdi is slow on the highway or passing-for 43 mpg it acellerates more than enough.....even for me I am a speed junkie!
Also no other cars I have done with all my research compare to the interior....not as many features as some others but the intrior is worth it for the simplicity and refinement in it.
The RNS 315 nav is surprisingly easy to use and great for guidance- I use it nearly 3 times a week travling to different cities.
GET NEW TIRES IF YOU LIVE IN SNOW PRONE AREAS.
I cannot stress enough they are dangerous in snow.
If you do not encounter these, no worries.
The one good part about the hankook's tires is that I have noticed a 2-3 mpg boost on the highway compared to the continentals (which I do love).
Also, VW needs to put a rearview camera standard with the se with nav, it would sell much better.
I personally think this is the best trim to get the tdi se with sun and nav for the cost and value you get-the sel's infotainment is very slow with the RNS510.
† Edmunds.com received the highest numerical score in the proprietary J.D. Power 2014 Third-Party Automotive Website Evaluation Study℠. Results based on responses from 3,381 responses, measuring 14 companies and measures third-party automotive website usefulness among new and used vehicle shoppers. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of owners surveyed from January 2014. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.