The 2013 Volkswagen Passat is the latest edition of a long-time staple of the VW range. Since the 2012 model year, the American-built Passat has grown in size and been reduced in complexity, bringing it closer to the established best-sellers on space and price.
While that means losing some of the Audi-style quality touches from the previous car, the new model hits the sweet spot in the mid-size sedan market and has proven very successful. You can thank clean, Germanic styling, a comfortable cabin, and the option of Volkswagen's ultra-efficient turbodiesel engines for that.
The four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel is actually the pick of the range, and the second most efficient car VW sells in the U.S.--after the new 2013 Jetta Hybrid. The Passat manages 31 mpg in the city and an impressive 43 mpg on the highway, for a combined EPA rating of 35 mpg.
Performance is nothing to sniff at either. Volkswagen's ubiquitous 2.0-liter TDI four develops 140 horsepower, and produces 236...
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