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The 2013 Volkswagen Passat – A Consumers Digest Best Buy

 

Great cargo space, an impressive ride, and a well-designed interior — just a few of the reasons Consumers Digest gave the 2013 Volkswagen Passat a Best Buy award. Proof that German engineering is worth every penny.

The Passat offers a lot of car for the money, with relatively voluminous interior room and cargo space. (Back-seat legroom is greater than that of some of the largest luxury cars.) We found the interior to be well-designed, with controls logically placed. When we took various Passats out on the road, we found the standard 2.5-liter, 170-hp five-cylinder engine to move the vehicle adequately. It performed best with the optional six-speed automatic transmission (a five-speed manual transmission is standard). Also offered are a far stronger 3.6-liter, 280-hp V6 engine and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine that delivers V6-like acceleration and gets an impressive 43 mpg on the highway. We found the suspension to afford reasonably aggressive handling while being capable of absorbing all but the nastiest road imperfections. The car felt great at faster speeds. Although several upscale options are offered, including leather upholstery and a navigation system, the Passat lacks much of the latest high-tech safety gear.

 

Technical Specifications

 

5.7 (2012)
6 (2012)
Front Wheel Drive

5
Manual

3.78
2.12
1.27
0.86
0.66
3.60
N/A
3.65
Mid-Size
5
102.0
38.3
42.4
56.9
N/A
37.8
39.1
57.0
N/A
3166

Gas I5
2.5L/151
Electronic Fuel Injection
170 @ 5700
177 @ 4250
N/A
140
9.0
MacPherson Strut
4-Link

N/A
N/A

P215/60TR16
P215/60TR16
N/A
16 x -TBD-
16 x -TBD-
N/A
Steel
Steel
N/A
Pwr Rack & Pinion
16.4
3.0
36.4

Pwr
4-Wheel
N/A
Yes
Yes
12.3 x 1.0
10.7 x 0.4

18.5
N/A
110.4
191.6
72.2
58.5
62.1
61.0
5.4
N/A
15.9

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score Drivetrain Trans Order Code Trans Type Trans Description Cont. Trans Description Cont. Again First Gear Ratio (:1) Second Gear Ratio (:1) Third Gear Ratio (:1) Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) Reverse Ratio (:1) Clutch Size (in) Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) EPA Classification Passenger Capacity Passenger Volume (ft?) Front Head Room (in) Front Leg Room (in) Front Shoulder Room (in) Front Hip Room (in) Second Head Room (in) Second Leg Room (in) Second Shoulder Room (in) Second Hip Room (in) Base Curb Weight (lbs) Dead Weight Hitch – Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) Dead Weight Hitch – Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) Wt Distributing Hitch – Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) Wt Distributing Hitch – Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) Engine Order Code Engine Type Displacement Fuel System SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM SAE Net Torque @ RPM Cold Cranking Amps @ 0? F (Primary) Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) Suspension Type – Front Suspension Type – Rear Suspension Type – Front (Cont.) Suspension Type – Rear (Cont.) Shock Absorber Diameter – Front (mm) Shock Absorber Diameter – Rear (mm) Stabilizer Bar Diameter – Front (in) Stabilizer Bar Diameter – Rear (in) Front Tire Order Code Rear Tire Order Code Spare Tire Order Code Front Tire Size Rear Tire Size Spare Tire Size Front Wheel Size (in) Rear Wheel Size (in) Spare Wheel Size (in) Front Wheel Material Rear Wheel Material Spare Wheel Material Steering Type Steering Ratio (:1), Overall Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) Turning Diameter – Curb to Curb (ft) Turning Diameter – Wall to Wall (ft) Brake Type Brake ABS System Brake ABS System (Second Line) Disc – Front (Yes or ) Disc – Rear (Yes or ) Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) Drum – Rear (Yes or ) Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) Wheelbase (in) Length, Overall (in) Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) Height, Overall (in) Track Width, Front (in) Track Width, Rear (in) Min Ground Clearance (in) Liftover Height (in) Trunk Volume (ft?)

 

Mileage

 

32 (2012)
407.00
22 (2012)
26 (2012)
592.00
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A

EPA Fuel Economy Est – Hwy (MPG)
Cruising Range – City (mi) EPA Fuel Economy Est – City (MPG) Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) Cruising Range – Hwy (mi) EPA MPG Equivalent – City EPA MPG Equivalent – Hwy EPA MPG Equivalent – Combined Battery Range (mi)

 

Warranty Information

    • Basic: 3 Years/36,000 Miles

 

  • Drivetrain: 5 Years/60,000 Miles

 

 

  • Corrosion: 12 Years/Unlimited Miles

 

 

  • Roadside Assistance: 3 Years/36,000 Miles

 

 

  • Maintenance: 3 Years/36,000 Miles

 

 

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