Vehicle2013 Volkswagen Passat S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 5cyl 6A)
Reviewi traded my cpo benz glk for a passat s. i wanted german driving at lower cost. i found it. i tested automatics jetta and passat, 2.5, 1.8 and diesel. the 1.8 really livens up the jetta, passat not so much. diesel with dsg is sluggish in town and costly at 40k service. i was most pleasantly surprised by the passat 2.5. not alot of driving difference with passat 1.8, $4k cheaper (both cpo), 2.5 online reputation is bullet proof while 1.8 is too new, i prefer cloth to fake leather seats. my 2.5 gave me 27mpg suburban dc area and 38mpg i95 and i64 dc to va bch, at or just above speed limits, hand calculated, almost unbelievable. my advice: try the passat in 2.5, great cpo deals now.
update jun 2016. two years later, now 42,000 mostly highway miles, 25/36mpg. no mechanical issues except for one flat tire. 40k service at dealer was most expensive so far but only $170. cpo warranty still active and cannot find any reason to trade in my 2013. only complaint is poor visibility when reversing, but 2016 passat has a backup camera. very happy with it. would i get another passat? why not, except i dont really need such a big car, jetta is more tossable.
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on 07/07/14 20:17 PM (PDT)
followup. still 27mpg surburban. toronto to mass on nys thruway loaded with 3 pax and luggage 36mpg. arctic air cond. engineer son also drove it, his car is a 2012 mb 250 c class, said my 2.5 passat is almost 90% benz at 50% of the cost. at $16600 with 0.9% vw financing was a great deal.Report it
on 02/15/15 08:48 AM (PST)
feb 2015 followup at 21k mile: 5 star experience. 26 mpg in surburbs, up to 37 hiway. no issues, totally reliable daily driver and roadtrip cruiser with great hiway passing oomph. nice vw dealer experiences for two free services. yes a white passat is a vanilla car, but the tastiest vanilla ever for this car nut.Report it
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