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2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: Rear Seat is Large Enough to Haul Livestock

February 12, 2014

2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI

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.

2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI

In the meantime, I'll go online and find a proper guinea pig restraint system (GPRS) to safely transport the critter next time, but I'm not sure those exist.

Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor

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By fordson1
on 02/12/14
11:11 AM PST

This is epic, as the phrase nowadays has it...first we had a mid-size SUV that was ACTUALLY large enough to haul a 6-foot stepladder, now we have a mid-size sedan that is ACTUALLY large enough to transport a guinea pig. And of course that entire LT fleet has seat heaters powerful enough to deal with the rigors of a Southern California winter. What's next? "the speed bumps in the gym parking lot where I go for spinning class CAN be a challenge, but our 2014 Chevy Silverado has the ground clearance needed to handle the hazards and get me (and my Spandex) safely through!" The Edmunds LT staff can always be counted on to reliably reinforce every SoCal stereotype, however unfairly.

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