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2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

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2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: Great on a Road Trip

November 12, 2013

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

I just drove our long-term 2013 VW Passat TDI from Tinsel Town to Sin City and back. If you're under 75 years old, you probably have no idea what I just said, so let me start over.

I just drove our long-term VW Passat TDI from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back. That's 576.2 miles. But here's the cool part. I did it on a single tank of fuel. Actually, I did it on three-quarters of a tank of fuel. When I returned home the Passat was still packing 155 miles worth of fuel range. Wow.

Trust me, I'm no hypermiler. But I did use the Passat's cruise control for most of the trip, and I hit zero traffic along the way. My average fuel economy was 40.7 mpg, which is just ahead of the Passat's EPA highway rating of 40 mpg.

But this trip wasn't just about great fuel mileage and range. The Passat showed me something out there in the deserts of California and Nevada. This is a great car on the open road. It's supremely comfortable. Outstandingly quiet. And its highway ride is exceptional. Hours behind the wheel seem like nothing.

And it'll motor. That economical 2.0-liter turbo diesel has plenty of power when you need to fire around that left lane hog or that encroaching Peterbilt.

I really like the Passat around town. But out on the intestate, this big sedan is hard to beat.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 10,335 miles

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