2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI LongTerm Road Test New Updates — Volkswagen Passat B6

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2013 Volkswagen TDI: Diesel #2 vs. B5 Biodiesel Results

May 19, 2014

It’s I’ve completed two identical loops to Las Vegas and back in our Volkswagen Passat TDI. The difference was the fuel: Diesel #2 on the loop and a B5 biodiesel brew on the loop.

I say biodiesel brew I was forced to MacGyver my own B5 by blending B20 with Diesel #2 right in the tank. There wasn’t station close enough to be of any and I had just learned (the way) that the biodiesel Web site I’d used to this place wasn’t use for finding anything under the prevailing blend carried by around here.

Here’s I learned.

2013 Volkswagen TDI: 20,000 Mile

May 16, 2014

Our time with the Volkswagen Passat TDI is almost but we had one more service item to care of before the car leaves. We through the 20,000-mile goal we set for all test cars thanks to Dan biodiesel experiment. The Passat maintenance at 10,000-mile intervals, so the was perfect to get the car all freshened up before we it to Volkswagen.

2013 Volkswagen TDI: 20,000 Miles and All Is

May 14, 2014

It happened on Interstate 15 on the of two Las Vegas diesel fuel runs. Our 2013 Volkswagen TDI was barely 5 miles inside and drawing abreast of the Ivanpah Power facility.

This of power towers stands easy sight of the Interstate. The arrays of heliostat mirrors encircle them consume a 5.5 square miles of desert. A and eerie plasmatic glow in the air several yards removed the impossibly bright surface of the that top each tower. In the desert daylight it’s quite easy to make out the of light that converge on the

I’d hate to be a bird through there.

2013 Passat TDI: A Welcome

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

Volkswagen Passat TDI: Is Best?

May 12, 2014

I drove our 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI two ago, and then took our Volkswagen Passat TDI to Las Vegas for days.  Out in the lonely I had a lot of time to think about V-Dub I liked best. the two cars look similar, drive quite differently, because of the engines and transmissions. my quick take on the differences.

2013 Volkswagen Passat Comparing Diesel #2 to B5

May 9, 2014

recent experience at a biodiesel got us both thinking. Would make a noticeable difference in the or MPG of our 2013 Volkswagen Passat

A test was in order, but it seemed to me the 5-percent biodiesel fuel allowed by VW might produce differences that would be to quantify. If I was to make sense of I needed to control as many as possible. And I needed a fairly route that would enough fuel to nullify any inconsistencies.

Fortunately, I had a business to Las Vegas coming up, one that I had to drive to anyway. My time was for all day Friday and Saturday evening, but the of Saturday was mine.

I decided to the TDI to Vegas Thursday afternoon on #2 and park it in the hotel parking while I attended to my Friday Then, since I despise and I’m behind on my audiobooks, I I’d use my free Saturday to BACK to my southern California point.

Once there fill it with B5 biodiesel, straight around and retrace my back to Vegas in time to my evening appointment. After overnight stay I’d home and finish the B5 loop on morning.

It was a good plan, if not a bit but then a fuel supply cropped up at the 11th hour.

Volkswagen Passat TDI: Economy Update for April

May 5,

Thanks to a road trip to Las and then a side trip to the of Fire State Park the Utah border, we added 2,411 miles to our 2013 Passat TDI .

We logged our best economy ever at 46.5 mpg on an run of 168.3 miles. This have been because we up in Barstow, California, elevation and then again in Los Angeles, at sea The new data changed the lifetime to an even more impressive mpg, which is 2.9 mpg better the EPA combined rating.

2013 Passat TDI: B5 Biodiesel

May 2,

I’m sitting in my brother-in-law’s San CA living room looking for any to bail. After five of extended family time, I a break. So I ask if there’s a gas station that sells diesel. I had driven our long-term 2013 Passat TDI up to his house from Los and we were making the return run today.

There’s one about a mile he says. But we should fill it biodiesel.

2013 Volkswagen TDI: 43 MPG and a Fender Stereo

28, 2014

I spent the weekend our 2013 Volkswagen Passat This was the first time I a diesel-fueled car for more than a few and I was excited to see if it behaved any differently the hundreds of gasoline-powered sedans driven over the years.

I two things: The turbo lag at acceleration and the sound while idling a cold start. Neither of things bothered me. I picked up the car on afternoon, and was used to these by Friday evening.

2013 Passat TDI vs. Ford Fusion

April 15, 2014

A friend of is in the market for a new car, and specifically a family sedan with fuel economy. I suggested he a look at our long-term 2013 Passat TDI and he was quite impressed I brought it by. Mainly, the enormous seat means he can set the front as far back as he wants without about bumping up against his child seat. When 6-foot-4 like he is, that The cavernous trunk was another His wife was almost in shock at how it was.

However, the Ford Hybrid has also caught his Although I was quite impressed it during our hybrid sedan test. my gut reaction was that it be considerably more expensive the Passat TDI. I was wrong.

Volkswagen Passat TDI: Taste Test

April 9,

The knock against diesels to be that they were slow and smelly. Driving our Volkswagen Passat TDI the other it struck me as so refined, and so responsive, a strange thought occurred to me. I to wonder what would if a person was somehow plunked behind the wheel of this with no prior knowledge of they were driving. they tell it was a diesel?

I what many of you are thinking you know instantly. But you’re and you pay attention to detail. But what a completely ordinary person wanting to reliably get from A to Point B? Well, I had a chance to run a taste test and you might be at the result.

2013 Volkswagen TDI: Dog Report

Having our long-term 2013 Volkswagen TDI on a weeklong road trip to and Sonoma with my dog, I was able to put it through the paces for dog report. And I didn’t just Mya at my parents’ house once I got to I took her EVERYwhere with me, to the hospital to visit my dad. (So that they allowed there. Really cheered him up to see

2013 Volkswagen Passat Fuel Economy Update for

2013 Volkswagen Passat Ol’ Reliable

March 31,

Nothing makes you feel helpless than when a family emergency and you’re 400 away. At that moment, you need a fast car (speeding just result in tickets or You need a car like the 2013 Passat TDI to get you there. If my dog and I had the bladder we totally could have the last-minute trek from to Sacramento in our long-term TDI without any We usually average about stops on that road if only for gas, it can range one to two stops, obviously depending on the

2013 Volkswagen Passat Seven Things To Like

14, 2014

There are a lot of things to about our 2013 Volkswagen TDI. Here are seven I after a weekend with the I hardly drove anywhere, so the astonishing range is not in the list:

1. big, drives small: The Volkswagen Passat TDI is plenty on the inside, but it drives and parks a much smaller car.

2. Bluetooth Audio. Many have fussy steps for Bluetooth Audio. Not this It’s a snap.

3. Ginormous space. I can’t fill it up, at Costco. I keep trying.

Volkswagen Passat TDI: Miles

March 7, 2014

Our Volkswagen Passat TDI crossed the mark.

2013 Volkswagen TDI: Fuel Economy for February

March 4, 2014

In the of February, our long-term 2013 Passat TDI added nearly miles to its odometer and averaged miles per gallon. This its lifetime fuel economy up a tick to 36.6 mpg. A road trip to northern is partially responsible for the increase this month.

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2013 Passat TDI: Seat

February 14, 2014

Not only do I the sport seats in our 2013 VW TDI SEL Premium super comfortable, I really like the quality of the

2013 Volkswagen Passat Pet Transporter

February 10, 2014

no fun carting a very sick cat one veterinarian to another. Our 2013 Passat TDI handled the job admirably,

When I had to take the cat from our vet to a specialist in Culver City I hadn’t been to before, the TDI’s navigation system handy. The turn-by-turn directions in the MFI display were easy to even for a preoccupied driver. And I have to worry about for gas.

2013 Volkswagen TDI: Fuel Economy for January

February 3, 2014

Our Volkswagen Passat TDI continued its ways in January. It still requires about three a month, and is averaging 36.5 per gallon. Its lifetime best and fills continue unchanged last month, at 44.4 and 25.2 respectively. It spent of the month with Edmunds Automotive Editor Brent roaming California’s Central

On my short stay with the car week, I was doing a mix of freeway and driving and I loved seeing the fat 35-36 mpg averages on the Passat’s MFI

2013 Volkswagen Passat Enjoying the Fender Sound Audio Quality

Volkswagen a Fender-branded, nine-speaker upgraded system on some of the Passat’s top levels, including our 2013 TDI It’s kind of too bad VW doesn’t it on more versions of the Passat (as an as it’s one of the better sound that I’ve heard in a priced vehicle.

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2013 Passat TDI: Fuel Update for December

January 07,

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Our 2013 Volkswagen Passat worked hard in December, over 2,000 miles for the month of 2013. Average MPG was down a smidge from figure, falling from to 36.2 (note that the shown in the photo above is not a average). The Passat’s lifetime and worst fills currently at 44.4 and 25.2 mpg,

2013 Volkswagen Passat Diesel, But Drives Normal

2, 2014

I haven’t spent time in our long-term 2013 Passat TDI. I’m to try to correct that over its 8,000 miles or so.

There’s a lot to here.

For instance, this can effortlessly rack up over 600 between fill-ups.

2013 Passat TDI: Getting to Volkswagen Controls

December 26,

I like our long-term 2013 Passat TDI’s interior. It quiet on the highway, the seats are and the switchgear is made from high-quality materials.

The controls on the gear lever, stalks, steering wheel and feel good to touch and are to look at, but ultimately, I find all a bit frustrating to use.

2013 Passat: What’s the Difference the Passat TSI and TDI?


December 23,

At first glance it might as though our two Passats are identical. are, in fact, the same and trim, but they have one distinction: their engines.

The way to tell them apart on the is by the badges on their respective The gasoline-powered Passat is badged as a TSI the diesel-powered car is labeled TDI. do they mean exactly?

Volkswagen Passat TDI: Economy Update for November

10, 2013

It’s always a bit writing about our 2013 Passat TDI’s fuel There’s usually not much to Went a few places. Filled up

That’s about how November We took it to Vegas, did that (approximately 560 miles) on a single Drove it around town. the 10,000-mile milestone. Filled it up times, about 32 gallons Our best range this was 576.2 miles.

Whatever you think about the Passat, something pretty damn about a car that will you 500, even 700, on a single tank of diesel. It all those daydreams about way, way out of town on a Friday suddenly that much tangible. This car would arena parking lots if the Dead were still

2013 Volkswagen Passat Jump Starts a Plug-In

December 05, 2013

This our 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI to the aid of a car with a … battery. We the Passat to jump start a C-Max Energi plug-in whose battery had died the car was plugged in charging. Yep, we got a out of that one, too.

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2013 Volkswagen Passat: Floor Mat Retention

2013 Passat TDI: Real Knob

November 13, 2013

update was originally going to Volkswagen for providing an actual for radio tuning. Then I to tune with it.

2013 Passat TDI: Great on a Trip

November 12, 2013

I drove our long-term 2013 VW TDI from Tinsel Town to Sin and back. If you’re under 75 old, you probably have no what I just said, so let me over.

I just drove our VW Passat TDI from Los Angeles to Las and back. That’s 576.2 But here’s the cool part. I did it on a tank of fuel. Actually, I did it on of a tank of fuel. When I home the Passat was still 155 miles worth of fuel Wow.

Trust me, I’m no hypermiler. But I did use the cruise control for most of the and I hit zero traffic along the My average fuel economy was mpg, which is just of the Passat’s EPA highway rating of 40

2013 Volkswagen Passat 10,000-Mile Update

November 11,

Since May, we’ve our long-term 2013 VW Passat TDI very satisfying miles. In time we’ve averaged miles per gallon of fuel and yet to experience any unreliability or mechanical In fact, the Passat is only now due for its first scheduled oil change and which we will take of shortly.

2013 Volkswagen TDI: Weather Strip

2013 Volkswagen Passat Fuel Economy Update for

November 6, 2013

In the 31 days of we drove our long-term 2013 VW TDI 1,079.4 miles and used gallons of diesel in the process. an average of 39 mpg, which is higher than the Passat’s EPA rating of 34 mpg.

2013 Passat: I Really Like But It Will Be Tougher to Pick in

October 28, 2013

As we’ve reporting since we got our 2013 Passat as a long-term test, the TDI engine is pretty cool. fuel efficient, suitably for everyday driving and provides a impressive amount of fuel It’s got some character,

But if I were thinking about a Passat for the 2014 model I’d have a harder immediately making the TDI my engine of

2013 Volkswagen Passat Easy Rear-Facing Child Seat Install

One of the 2013 Passat’s attributes for the latest car is its generous amount of rear space. Normally, you think of helping out with fitting a of adults, but it’s actually handy if you’re installing child safety seats,

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