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Volkswagen Passat a fuelish sedan

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In the Passat differentiates itself from other mid-size sedans because it is one of the few sold in the States that offers a choice of gasoline or diesel and automatic or manual transmission.

VW’s turbocharged diesel cylinder and five-speed manual, the Passat ranks second in fuel mileage among non-electric sedans sold in the States. The federal government are an impressive 31 miles per gallon in driving and 43 mpg on the highway for a combined range of nearly 600 miles on a tank of diesel.

The numbers slightly to 30/40 mpg with Tiptronic automatic, but based on with a test Passat Tiptronic, these results are

Indeed, a slightly modified diesel Passat, driven for fuel mileage, set a Guinness Record of nearly 78 mpg.

the 2014 Passat, like its and 2013 predecessors, earned five out of five stars in federal government crash

The Passat also is a recommended buy of Reports magazine, which predicted reliability as average.

get to pick among several levels and engines one of which diesel.

Note that VW announced it is replacing the 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine that was in the with a 1.8-liter, double cam, turbocharged, gasoline cylinder, buyers may still 2.5L models on dealer

Starting manufacturer’s suggested price, including destination is $21,815 for a base, 2014 S with the 170-horsepower, turbocharged, four cylinder and five-speed The lowest starting retail for a 2014 Passat S with the turbo four and six-speed automatic is $22,915.

Mileage ratings for the turbo gasoline engine are 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg to 35 mpg on the depending on the transmission.

The 2014 with the turbocharged diesel cylinder, is pricier, in part, it includes more standard such as rearview camera and front seats. Starting including destination charge, is for a 2014 Passat TDI SE manual and with an automatic.

Competitors run the from the top-selling car in America the Camry to the Chevrolet Malibu. retail price for the base, Camry L with 170-horsepower, aspirated, gasoline four and automatic transmission is $23,235. The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu LS 196-horsepower, naturally aspirated, four cylinder and automatic carries a starting MSRP, destination charge, of $23,990.

Neither the 2014 Camry nor offers manual transmissions or engines.

The Passat is styled on the cleanly and pleasantly. But no one gave the car a second look. Some said the car, an upscale SEL model, looked a bit plain, though the sticker price of than $34,000.

Inside, the exhibited VW functionality and a back with 39.1 inches of more than a 2014 Accord and the larger Ford

Buttons and knobs were laid out in the Passat and had good feel. The dashboard had a no-nonsense, appearance, even with a screen in the middle.

But an enthusiast will enjoy the thick-all-the-way-around wheel, the properly positioned rest for the driver’s left and the supportive, adjustable driver’s

The tester had a bonus: A 400-watt premium audio system.


The typical diesel engine came through at startup, and when the car was sitting idle at It’s noticeable to people who are outside the car, too.

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But the seems to minimize road and noise.

The car rode stably and a bit so passengers felt some as the car traveled over sunken covers and broken pavement.

But the Passat did not drive like the 16-foot-long car that it is. Rather, the remained buttoned down to the during abrupt, emergency and drove easily in normal It also managed mountain roads with composure.

can be deceptive. Several times, the car was at 50 miles per hour without the noticing.

The Passat TDI tester had the double overhead cam, diesel four cylinder direct injection. While of 140 is less than that of the and Malibu and many other sedans, the Passat’s torque, or “oomph,” is palpable and satisfying.

Fully 236 foot-pounds of torque on at 1,750 rpm, so a driver can around obstacles and accelerate traffic from a stop impressive power.

In comparison, the torque in a 2014 Camry four cylinder is 170 foot-pounds at a 4,700 rpm. It’s 248 also at 4,700 rpm, in a with V-6.

Even spirited driving, the test averaged 35 mpg in combined city/highway which translated into a 647-mile range on a single

At today’s $4 average for a gallon of filling the Passat’s 18.5-gallon can cost nearly $75.

A few in the test car: While doors are long and have openings, the windows go down about halfway. And the middle in the back seat has to straddle a hump in the floor.

The Passat has only six air bags, the Camry comes with 10.

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