March 3, 2014
With nearly 5,000 miles on the clock, our gas-powered 2014 VW Passat TSI is starting to hit its stride when it comes to mileage. A long highway stretch netted 33 miles per gallon, easily its best showing yet. Overall mileage improved to 27.1 mpg which moves it closer to its combined rating of 28 mpg.
February 28, 2014
If you go by Volkswagen commercials, typical Passat owners would include dads who have kids super into Star Wars, goofy corporate types who air drum and sing Rush, dads who can't throw worth a damn, guys with tennis balls hanging in their garages, and "lucky" dads.
Hey, I think I qualify on all counts!
February 27, 2014
When the current generation Volkswagen Passat debuted for 2012, its base engine, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, was hardly a standout. For 2014, the competition is even better, and that sets up the 2.5 as an underperformer for both acceleration and fuel economy.
With the 2014 Passat's newly available turbocharged 1.8-liter engine, though, the game has changed.
February 26, 2014
Our 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI comes standard with keyless ignition/entry, which means you can keep the key fob tucked away (in your pocket or handbag, presumably). As you approach, the car recognizes that the fob is close and then allows you to open the door and start the car with the push-button ignition. Personally, I find this feature to be very convenient. If I were thinking about buying a Passat, I'd consider it one more draw for the SEL trim level.
February 14, 2014
Even though auto manufacturers have been in the cupholder business for a long time, it's surprising how many holders still seem like afterthoughts.
The ones in the center console of the 2014 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI are a different story. These are an example of cupholders done right.
February 13, 2014
After a fine weekend with our 2014 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI (the one that takes gasoline), I encountered a curious problem with the audio system on my way to work one morning.
When I got into our silver family sedan, the radio was still on 101.1 FM (L.A.'s oldies station has become a compromise radio station for my husband and me). After a few seconds, the sound cut out. I then switched to my more usual 89.3 (yes, public radio), started listening to the news, and after a few seconds, the sound cut out again.
February 12, 2014
Okay, so a guinea pig might not be livestock, technically, but when it's in its 2x2x3-foot cage, it's almost the size of a farmyard animal.
Once in a while, my girl's guinea pig, Cafe, needs to be transported and I always hope I have a large enough vehicle (preferably not a coupe) for those times. I couldn't have been more pleased that I had our 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI on this occasion. Not only do the rear doors swing open nearly ninety degrees for easy loading, but the cumbersome cage is dwarfed by the scale of the rear seat accommodations.
February 11, 2014
If you've got a school-aged kiddo like mine, you know the omnipresent roller bag. When I was a kid her age, I had a locker where I kept my school books and a small canvas backpack to haul homework back and forth. Now, however, lockers have gone extinct and laptops, chargers, textbooks, reading books, binders, lunch box, water bottle, and all manner of flotsam and jetsam travel to and from school every day.
February 6, 2014
This morning I got into our 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI, and while reaching up to hit my garage door opener, I noticed the sunroof cover was open a half-inch or so. Only reason it caught my attention is that I saw the same thing yesterday, and so I closed it tight.
February 4, 2014
We put 1,251 miles on our long-term 2014 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI in the first month of 2014. Almost of all of that was city driving, so we set a new low for mpg at 24.1 mpg. That matches the car's EPA city rating, so if that's the worst we can do in Southern California traffic, it speaks well of VW's turbocharged and direct-injected, 1.8-liter gasoline four-cylinder engine.
Our best tank of the month came in at 25.7 mpg, which is quite a bit below our lifetime high of 27.6. More important, it's well short of our Passat's 28 mpg combined rating and 34 mpg highway rating.
January 31, 2014
I love that our 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI test car has an enormous 18.5-gallon gas tank. Most sedans are in the 16-17 gallon range.
January 28, 2014
Climbing into our 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI this morning encumbered with my laptop bag, the kid's school bags, and an armload of dry cleaning, I couldn't help but think how spacious the Passat's cabin seemed.
I know it's on the larger end of the midsize sedan segment, but I decided to pull up the interior measurements for a 2014 Toyota Camry for a direct comparison. Here's what I found:
January 21, 2014
We recently published a list spotlighting 10 vehicles available with features that may be useful for certain older drivers and the 2014 Volkswagen Passat made the cut.
January 17, 2014
A friend of mine is in the market for a new car. He recently rode in our 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI and mentioned this is one of the cars he's considering. He's married with no kids, so he probably won't be using the generous legroom in the second row much. But he's a large guy, and for that reason, I think he finds the overall spaciousness of the cabin appealing.
Since he's working within a tight budget, I did a double-take at first when he said the Passat is on his short list. The car's refined handling and spare-but handsome cabin cause it to come across as more expensive than it actually is, and it doesn't naturally come to mind when I think of the most economical choices.
January 13, 2014
The Passat has a truly enormous trunk. So, yes, the bike fits. Big time.