October 2, 2014
Day 3: Austin, Texas to Willcox, Arizona, 805 miles.
With the 2015 Audi S3 press event over and done in Austin, I wasn't as constrained by time commitments for the homeward-bound portion of the Texas Road Trip. That meant I could sleep in a little bit and go for a relaxing (albeit hot and muggy) run down by the Colorado River. I was on the road by 9:45 a.m., earlier than Day 1's 1:30 p.m., more civilized than Day 2's 6:30 a.m. wheels-up time.
Plus, I knew I would have time changes on my side heading west in the 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI.
October 1, 2014
Day 2: Deming, New Mexico to Austin, Texas, 681 miles.
Something I haven't done on previous multi-day road trips, but that I wanted to try with this one, was to go for a run each morning before I hit the road in the 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI. There were a couple of reasons for this: First, I don't eat particularly well on the road, so the running partially makes up for it. Second, exercise is a good way to wake the ol' bod up first thing.
So, around 5:30 in the morning there I was, running in the rain in the dark on an access road next to Interstate 10 in New Mexico. Got soaked, but it was worth it. Felt good.
September 22, 2014
The remote start system on our long-term 2014 Volkswagen Passat is annoying.
It starts the car, no problem. If you've got the air-conditioning or the heater on when you turn the car off, those things kick in and can help get the car ready for your journey, but there is one major, glaring annoyance.
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 1, 2014
A long commute to work means I spend a large amount of time listening to terrestrial and satellite radio. I have begun to appreciate the logic of radio presets in cars like our 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI. I like how FM, AM, and SiriusXM channels can be programmed all on the same list of presets.
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 23, 2014
I find the audio interface in our 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI very easy to use. The simple design and logical button layout makes navigating it a breeze. And I welcome the inherent element of customization this system offers.
March 25, 2014
If you need to charge your iPhone, you're golden in the 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI. There's a dedicated plug right there in the center console. If you want to plug in an MP3 player, there's a port for that, too.
February 26, 2014
Our 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI comes standard with keyless ignition/entry, which means you can keep the key fob tucked away (in your pocket or handbag, presumably). As you approach, the car recognizes that the fob is close and then allows you to open the door and start the car with the push-button ignition. Personally, I find this feature to be very convenient. If I were thinking about buying a Passat, I'd consider it one more draw for the SEL trim level.
December 17, 2013
The backup camera images on the 2014 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T are blurry in rainy weather. It's passable in the daytime, but I wonder what it will be like at night.