The B7 generation Passat debuted last year to great acclaim. This sedan is also manufactured right here in Chattanooga Tenn. The mid-sized Passat is a versatile vehicle that comes in 12 different trims in order to appease the largest car buying niche in the U.S. Volkswagen offers a 3 different engine options and the model tested here has the VR6 engine which has been in production for over a decade meaning it is very dependable. The Passat competes alongside cars like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord and holds up very well on its own. In fact, the 2013 Volkswagen Passat is a great choice for those looking for a near luxury German engineered automobile. The base price on the Passat is $20,845 with the VR6 model tested here going for $29,235.
With 1 out of every 5 cars sold in the U.S. being a mid-sized sedan, you can guarantee this segment is quite competitive. So what exactly does the 2013 VW Passat have that the rest do not? The Passat comes from a German engineered lineage which makes this sedan very appealing to those who love luxury buy cannot afford a car from Audi or BMW. Under the hood lives a 3.6 liter V-6 engine. The VR6 engine design was developed back in the 1980’s and has been power Volkswagen vehicle ever since. Of course this is the latest and greatest version of the engine which puts out 280 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque. The transmission is a 6-speed dual clutch gearbox. Fuel economy is 20 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway.
On the inside, the 2013 Volkswagen Passat is one of the most spacious and well sorted. In fact, the rear legroom is best in class. The seats are covered in fine leather and the whole feel is uncluttered and minimalistic. The trunk is also quite roomy offering tons of cargo room. The center stack has few buttons and is not complicated at all. The navigation unit is very nice at this price point and seats are fully adjustable.
In a cluttered automotive niche, the Passat pretty much checks all the boxes and offers everything you would want from a mid-sized sedan.
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