Shifting Simplified - 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat: Shifting Simplified

June 18, 2013

2013 Volkswagen Passat

Our 2013 Volkswagen Passat shouldn't really get credit for having a simple shift mechanism. That sort of thing used to be standard in any car with an automatic. But these days such a setup isn't guaranteed.

Plenty of manufacturers have tried to reinvent the wheel by using updated shift mechanisms with all sorts of added "features". Some barely move so as to create more space for cupholders while others are covered in auxiliary buttons.

As you can see, our Passat's shifter is as plain as they get. No extra buttons, no unnecessary gates and even a nicely detailed knob. It's refreshingly simple, like the rest of the interior and I like it.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor

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