October 17, 2014
After a fairly painless round of allergy testing, I learned that dust, and the dreaded dust mite, is my enemy.
"Get a new mattress," the ENT doc said. "Buy all new pillows, bedding — change everything you can associated with your bed."
July 21, 2014
In my last update, I showed you everything my family of four put in the trunk of Edmunds' long-term 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI for our extended weekend with friends in Mammoth Lakes, California.
You already know that the Passat's trunk performed admirably. But what about the passenger compartment?
July 17, 2014
Say you and your spouse have two smallish kids. Let's also say you two crazy lovebirds decide to take your smallish kids on a summer road trip to Mammoth Lakes, California (approximately 300 miles away from your home), to meet up with two other families and do fun summer lake stuff together for a four-day weekend.
And suppose you had also recently purchased a 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI as your family car because you feel that a midsize sedan — and the Passat specifically — is the best choice for your family, as it serves your needs perfectly 95 percent of the time, is easy to park, has a massive trunk (pictured) and looks good. Great reasons. You don't like crossovers, SUVs, minivans and wagons. You like to drive a sedan. I feel ya. Rock on, sedan-lover.
(Note from the writer: My husband and I have not recently purchased a Passat. We drove Edmunds' long-term Passat TSI for this road trip, but that tidbit didn't fit in with my pastoral about this fictitious family.)
Now let's look at how you might fit all the stuff that a family of four with two smallish children needs for an extended weekend road trip in summertime Mammoth.
May 20, 2014
External trunk lid hinges on our 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI are the only blemish on an otherwise excellent trunk design. The Passat has a large opening for easy cargo loading and it is spacious, to the tune of 15.9 cubic feet. Divided cubbies near either taillight offer space for storing delicate items as well. There is a lot to like, here.
April 18, 2014
Oh yeah, the bike fits. Lengthwise, no less. The scooter and the helmet fit, too. There's even enough room for the kid that rides that stuff, but we don't put her back there too often.
April 1, 2014
I've driven our long-term 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI several times, but until recently, I'd never been in the backseat. I was curious to see what kind of room it provided for a human-sized guinea pig, so I set the front seat position about an inch farther back than I normally would (I'm about 5-feet-9-inches tall) and climbed in the back.
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.
January 13, 2014
The Passat has a truly enormous trunk. So, yes, the bike fits. Big time.