October 10, 2014
Don't scoff. This is one of the handiest features going today, one you don't often find in cars selling for $30,000. Heck, you don't find many in our fleet that offer this. You can find express-down front windows all day long, sometimes express-down front and rear windows. But our 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI has one-touch windows front and rear, up and down.
August 4, 2014
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.
July 25, 2014
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.
May 28, 2014
After about 30 minutes of working just fine, the Bluetooth streaming in our 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI decided to stop playing music and start playing a single, high-pitched tone at stupid-high volume.
Wanna hear the most annoying sound in the world?
May 21, 2014
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...
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 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 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.
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.
December 18, 2013
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.