2013 Volkswagen Passat: Enormous Cargo Potential
July 26, 2013
I had an awkwardly shaped TV stand and a 6-foot-2 floor lamp to transport a few blocks. Now, I could've taken the easy route and used my wife's Mazda 3 hatchback, but what kind of automotive journalist would I be if I did that? Before going to the bullpen, so to speak, I had to see if my own starting pitcher was up to the task.
Given that our long-term 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI is enormous, it certainly had a better chance than its midsize sedan competitors. With the 40 side of the split back seat lowered, the lamp fit straight-away even with my driver seat rolled back. The Mazda certainly would've required angling the lamp in some way. The TV stand was trickier, but after playing with the back seat configuration, it managed to fit in the 60 portion seat. If I had been going further I would've secured it and protected the interior from scrapes, but as it was, everything (including the back seat trim) arrived intact.
With its 15.9-cubic-foot trunk and huge back seat, the VW Passat is a cargo-hauling champ. Well, at least as far as sedans go.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 4,038 miles