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2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: A Welcome Sight

May 13, 2014

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

Here's something you don't see very often, and something that makes the 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI an even better bargain: diesel is less — way less — than gas. I used the numbers on this pump in Barstow, Calif., to do a comparison of what it would cost to drive to Las Vegas and back on both diesel and gas. It was a bigger savings than I expected.

First, here is the data.

I drove a total of about 900 miles. Diesel cost $4.179 a gallon while gas was $4.489. I used the lifetime averages as reported last month in our fuel economy updates: 36.6 mpg for the TDI and 26.4 mpg for the TSI. Turns out that this price difference and the higher mpg for the diesel engine resulted in a handsome savings of $5,027. The trip cost $102.76 in the TDI and $153.03 in the TSI.

I only wish that diesel fuel was always this low.

Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor, @ 19,598 miles

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