2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: Fuel Economy Update for August

September 5, 2013

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

We put 2,928 miles on our long-term 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI in August. Not only did we plump our lifetime average to 37.7 mpg (up from a mere 36.3 a month ago), we set new highs for both mpg and miles traveled on a single tank.

Interestingly, these feats did not occur on the same tank. James Riswick is the new record holder for mpg, as he logged 43.8 mpg on a 452.2-mile tank on August 11.

Later in the month, yours truly traveled 733.5 miles from Kettleman City, California, to St. Helena, CA, and then to Long Beach, CA, before finally refueling in Santa Monica. I wasn't particularly light on the gas pedal during that tank and I only managed 41.7 mpg. With the right driver at the wheel (i.e., not me), our diesel Passat could easily make it to 800 miles. I've included a photo of my 700-mile tank, but ignore the optimistic range estimate: I snapped the shot while the VW was refueling.

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

As you may have noticed in the top photo, I also pulled into a 76 station in Long Beach that sells diesel, but couldn't sell it to me. This station is evidently aimed at truckers using the 91 freeway, and those large-diameter nozzles wouldn't fit in the Passat's slender filler neck. It was too bad, because they were selling it for a good price.

Our overall average for August was 39.7 mpg (over those 2,928 miles), and our lowest tank of the month netted 35.4 mpg.

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 7,247 miles

Worst Fill MPG: 25.2
Best Fill MPG: 43.8
Average Lifetime MPG: 37.7
EPA MPG Rating (City/Highway/Combined): 34 Combined (30 City / 40 Highway)
Best Range: 733.5 miles
Current Odometer: 7,247 miles

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2013 Volkswagen Passat in VA is:

$152 per month*
* Explanation