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2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

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2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: Ol' Reliable

March 31, 2014

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

Nothing makes you feel more helpless than when there's a family emergency and you're 400 miles away. At that moment, you don't need a fast car (speeding will just result in tickets or worse). You need a car like the 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI to get you there. If my dog and I had the bladder capacity we totally could have made the last-minute trek from L.A. to Sacramento in our long-term TDI without any stops. We usually average about three stops on that road trip; if only for gas, it can range from one to two stops, obviously depending on the car.

But this time not only did I gas up only once during the actual 400-mile stint, but only one other time while I was in Sacramento after driving my mom around to and from the hospital where my dad was (he's fine now) and to her various appointments and errands around town. Bonus was that we could take my dog Mya with us everywhere, too. I was impressed. And best thing was that it was one less thing to worry about. Pfew!

On this trip, we averaged about 37.3 mpg with a mix of city and highway driving. But it looks like I was a bit of a leadfoot when driving on city streets as the second of the three refills the entire week was 32.3 mpg (EPA mpg rating is 34 combined).

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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