2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: Fuel Economy Update for November
December 10, 2013
It's always a bit anticlimactic writing about our 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI's fuel economy. There's usually not much to tell: "Went a few places. Filled up twice."
That's about how November went. We took it to Vegas, did that round-trip (approximately 560 miles) on a single tank. Drove it around town. Crossed the 10,000-mile milestone. Filled it up three times, about 32 gallons total. Our best range this month was 576.2 miles.
Whatever else you think about the Passat, there's something pretty damn special about a car that will take you 500, even 700, miles on a single tank of diesel. It makes all those daydreams about getting way, way out of town on a Friday afternoon suddenly that much more tangible. This car would fill arena parking lots if the Grateful Dead were still touring.
Worst Fill MPG: 25.2
Best Fill MPG: 43.8
Average Lifetime MPG: 36.7
EPA MPG Rating: 34 Combined (30 city/40 highway)
Best Range: 733.8
Current Odometer: 11,031
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor