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2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: Poor Man's Audi?

October 15, 2014

2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI

Styling is subjective, I know that. But still, I'm struck by how handsome our 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI is. To my eyes, it embodies a clean, neatly-tailored design reminiscent of its upscale Audi cousins. No exaggerated swoops along the body sides, no bulging headlights, no discordant taillights.

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2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: Texas Road Trip, Day 4

October 9, 2014

2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI

Day 4: Willcox, Arizona to Lake Forest, California, 571 miles.

Another early morning wake-up call on my Texas Road Trip. Partially because, once again, I wanted to get in a run before I hit the road in the 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI, and partially because I wanted to get home at a reasonable hour to get some things done.

Arizona had gotten some rain the day before, and the sky was full of leftover clouds for a cool-looking sunrise. It also helped my mood that I found a much nicer backroad to run on near my hotel, kind of off in the country, than I had on my trip over in New Mexico. I'm telling you, I'm loving this early-morning run thing on road trips. Even if it means sacrificing 45 minutes or so of sleep.

I took a slightly different route home to California than I had to Texas.

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2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: Saying Goodbye to Colossus

August 21, 2014

2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI

It's been years since I've visited Six Flags Magic Mountain, but the impending closure of one of its most famous roller coasters meant I felt compelled to make the trip. The coaster-heavy theme park was about to retire Colossus, the wooden behemoth that, to me, served as Magic Mountain's mascot. I needed something comfortable for the long ride to and from Valencia, so I grabbed the keys to our 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI for the weekend and drove up on a Saturday.

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2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: How 'Bout Those Seats?

August 13, 2014

2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI

In reading through previous entries in this blog for our long-term 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI, I noticed that my colleague Mike Monticello found the front seats to be marvelous for someone with his trim frame but wondered how a wide-bodied driver would do.

Much as I hate to admit it, I'm fairly wide-bodied at 6'2" and 238 pounds. And I can provide an answer.

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2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: Stereo Has Some Cool Tricks Up Its Sleeve

August 4, 2014

2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI

My teenage son and I visited my mom up in the Bay Area last weekend. I was lucky enough to take our long-term 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI. I say lucky because the more time I spend in the Passat, the more I like it.

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2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: Phoenix Road Trip Part 3

July 28, 2014

2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI

After staying in Chandler, Arizona for the night, it was off to Nissan's proving grounds in Stanfield the next morning to get some background information on the 2015 Nissan Murano.

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2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: Phoenix Road Trip Part 2

July 25, 2014

2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI

Driving the miles and miles of desert highway from southern California to Nissan's proving grounds near Phoenix, Arizona gave me much time to consider the front seats in the 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI.

The verdict?

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2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: I Love the Doors

July 18, 2014

2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI

I rarely notice a car door. Unless something is glaringly wrong like a super loud squeak or a handle not working, I don't pay attention to the door when I'm getting in or out of a car. Done it too many times to even notice I'm doing it. So when I got out of our 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI this weekend, I was surprised to have the door catch my attention.

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2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: Keyless Entry Dislike

May 22, 2014

2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI

As much as I appreciate the keyless entry feature on our 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI, there is one aspect of it that I really dislike. With the key in my pocket, I slide my hand behind either front door handle and it unlocks. But it does not unlock the rear doors at the same time.

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2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: Car Seat Friendly

May 21, 2014

2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI

After several days in our 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI I have to say, the Passat makes the car seat shuffle refreshingly easy. Three things stand out as examples of how the Passat does it right with respect to car seats...

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2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: Made for Big Moments

March 18, 2014

2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI

I recently volunteered to indebt myself to a bank for far, far too long. But driving the 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI on the multiple fact-finding missions toward this end somewhat alleviated this grim prospect. The Passat feels like an adult's car.

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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.

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2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: Camry Comparison

January 28, 2014

2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI

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:

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2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: Top Pick for Seniors

January 21, 2014

2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI

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.

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2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: Cold Morning, Warm Cabin

December 18, 2013

2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI

When I got into the 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI at 5:40 this morning, the temperature stood at 40 degrees. The windshield wasn't just fogged, I discovered, but lightly frosted. This is what we'd call a "freezing" morning here in California. Not actually freezing, of course. But close enough for those of us who've lived here a while.

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