March 4, 2014
In the month of February, our long-term 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI added nearly 1,400 miles to its odometer and averaged 36.9 miles per gallon. This brings its lifetime fuel economy average up a tick to 36.6 mpg. A freeway road trip to northern California is partially responsible for the increase during this month.
These results continue to surpass its EPA combined rating of 34 mpg.
February 3, 2014
Our 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI continued its fuel-thrifty ways in January. It still only requires about three fill-ups a month, and is averaging 36.5 miles per gallon. Its lifetime best and worst fills continue unchanged from last month, at 44.4 gallons and 25.2 respectively. It spent most of the month with Edmunds Senior Automotive Editor Brent Romans, roaming California's Central Valley.
On my short stay with the car this week, I was doing a mix of freeway and around-town driving and I loved seeing the nice, fat 35-36 mpg averages on the Passat's MFI display.
January 07, 2014
Our 2013 Volkswagen Passat diesel worked hard in December, logging over 2,000 miles for the final month of 2013. Average lifetime MPG was down a smidge from November's figure, falling from 36.7 to 36.2 (note that the mileage shown in the photo above is not a lifetime average). The Passat's lifetime best and worst fills currently stand at 44.4 and 25.2 mpg, respectively.
January 2, 2014
I haven't spent much time in our long-term 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI. I'm going to try to correct that over its final 8,000 miles or so.
There's a lot to like here.
For instance, this turbodiesel can effortlessly rack up over 600 miles between fill-ups.
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.
November 12, 2013
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.
November 6, 2013
In the 31 days of October we drove our long-term 2013 VW Passat TDI 1,079.4 miles and used 27.7 gallons of diesel in the process. That's an average of 39 mpg, which is much higher than the Passat's combined EPA rating of 34 mpg.
October 28, 2013
As we've been reporting since we got our 2013 Volkswagen Passat as a long-term test, the TDI diesel engine is pretty cool. It's fuel efficient, suitably powered for everyday driving and provides a very impressive amount of fuel range. It's got some character, too.
But if I were thinking about buying a Passat for the 2014 model year, I'd have a harder time immediately making the TDI my engine of choice.
October 4, 2013
After a record-breaking August, our 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI settled into more mundane city driving during the month of September. Not surprisingly, its mileage figures reflected the stop-and-go conditions of our daily commutes.
September 5, 2013
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.
August 16, 2013
The perfect car for the journey. That pretty much sums up my experience with the Volkswagen Passat TDI as it transported two couples and a trunk filled with their stuff to Las Vegas and back. The only better cars would surely cost $90,000.
As a 6-foot-3 driver, it's not very often that a full-size adult can fit behind me over long distances without one of us feeling mushed. Yet with the giant Passat, I didn't have to (as usual) put my tiny wife behind me or even care how far I moved my seat back. As for the trunk, it managed three sizeable Roll-aboard suitcases, an overnight bag, my briefcase and a 36-liter roller cooler that impressively fit all the way rearward. No Tetris needed, it all went in without effort.
August 14, 2013
Our 2013 VW Passat TDI has crossed the 5,000-mile mark after about 2.5 months. So far it's had an unfortunate run-in with a nail and the touchscreen interface can be awfully slow to respond to the point that something may be wrong. I flat-out couldn't get the iPhone interface to work while paired to Bluetooth. Given that this same interface in our long-term Beetle and other VW's worked without such issues, this could require a dealer visit at some point.
August 2, 2013
We put 1,225 miles on our long-term 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI during the month of July. That's a low total for us, but several of us are planning road trips in August, including our technical director, Dan Edmunds, who will be traveling to Oregon. One way or another, we'll get our diesel Passat's mileage up.
Although no one topped last month's range record of 616 miles, we set a new high for mpg on a single tank at 42.4 mpg.
July 23, 2013
When you fill up many cars, especially those of the more high-performance variety, it's quite common for the DTE gauge to read about 325 miles when it resets. It wasn't too long ago when that was common for more mundane cars as well, such as the VR6-powered 2000 VW Jetta I drove for seven years. Getting 325 miles out of her would've been a good tank.
July 8, 2013
This is the second update from my recent road trip to California's central coast. I've got the final fuel economy numbers here, which has a bit more fuel economy detail to go along with our recent mpg update for June.
July 2, 2013
We added about 2,000 miles to our long-term 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI during June. The majority of that came from normal driving around Los Angeles, but we did use the car for a 400-mile road trip at the end of the month.
June 14, 2013
It's what VW's TDI-powered cars are famous for: range. But until I refueled today it hadn't registered with me how far this car will go on a single tank. Try 750 miles according to the on-board computer. For perspective, that's enough range to drive from our office in Santa Monica to Salt Lake City, Utah.
June 4, 2013
It was a short month of city driving in our newest long-term test car, and our best fill-up during these first 520 miles netted a modest 31.7 mpg. Not so great, but it's early, and our 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI will go on plenty of road trips.