There is a lot to like about the 2013 Volkswagen Passat. It has all of the style one would expect from a European sedan, combined with a high-quality cabin designed for a refined and quiet ride. It scores high on all safety tests, so it is definitely a solid choice for a family vehicle. All trim packages have fuel-saving engines with the option to upgrade to a more powerful V-6 engine or a turbo-diesel engine.
New For 2013
The 2012 Volkswagen Passat went through a complete redesign in 2012 and returns in 2013 with a few insignificant changes scattered about the trim packages. Most notably, a rearview camera has been made available.
The 2013 Volkswagen Passat is both classy and functional. Side mirrors have turn signals to enhance style and safety, and even the lowest-priced trim package rolls on 18-inch Spokane silver alloy wheels with all-season tires and wheel locks. Both the driver and the passengers will enjoy the power sunroof, and the top trim packages have a keyless ignition and entry system. Overall, it has a distinctive and stylish look that is sure to turn heads when it hits the road.
Interior & Cargo
The most noticeable characteristic across all trim models is the abundance of interior space. The driver's seat is adjustable in up to eight different settings and has a memory that allows up to three people to set their own custom comfort levels. The quality of the materials used in the interior is what you would expect from a high-quality European sedan, and the top trim packages have leather interior packages. Standard across the board on all trim packages is a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, electric power steering, and a front console with storage room.
Interior features on the premium trim packages include a dual-zone climate control system with interior air filtration and steering-wheel-mounted audio, cruise, and transmission controls. A universal remote transmitter can be used to control the security system and your garage door. Twelve-volt outlets are available in the front, rear, and cargo area, and electric power steering makes for a more enjoyable driving experience. The top trim packages are Bluetooth-ready and have an AM/FM in-dash CD-player with CD/MP3 playback and a subwoofer for superb sound across the spectrum. A GPS navigation system also has real-time traffic information for a stress-free, enjoyable trip.
The 2013 Volkswagen Passat boasts 15.9 cubit feet of cargo space in the trunk, which can be accessed from a latch inside the car and offers more than enough room for the average-size family to embark a road trip.
There are several very good safety options that make this an ideal family vehicle. Standard safety features include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, dual front side-mounted air bags, child seat anchors, rear door child safety locks, and daytime running lights. Other premium safety features that are standard include a tire pressure monitoring system, ventilated front disc/solid rear disc brakes, electronic brake force distribution, driver and passenger head restraint whiplash protection systems, front and rear seat belt tensioners, and cornering lights.
Some of the safety options available on the top trim packages include fog lights, dusk-sensing headlamps, back side curtain air bags, and a remote anti-theft alarm system.
The 2013 Volkswagen Passat gives drivers the option of three fuel-saving engines that still pack plenty of punch. The choices include a 2.5-liter five-cylinder, a 3.5-liter V-6, and a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder diesel. The driving experience depends quite a bit on which engine is under the hood. The 2-5-liter package has admirable but not impressive acceleration response, while the 2.0-liter diesel shows plenty of power in the low end and stills boasts a very impressive fuel economy. Drivers also have their choice among trim packages of a five-speed, manual transmission or a six-speed, automatic transmission. The Volkswagen Passat is a front-wheel-drive sedan that delivers a fuel economy of 22/32 mpg city/highway, 170 horsepower (hp), and 177 lb-ft of torque when fitted with the 2.5-liter engine. The four-cylinder, turbo-diesel version puts out 140 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. If you are looking for the most bang for your buck, the 3.5-liter, V-6 produces 280 hp and 258 lb-ft or torque.
This sedan handles very well with standard MacPherson strut front suspension and a multi-link rear suspension. Also standard is four-wheel, independent suspension and a front and rear stabilizer bar. This family sedan is built for a fun, safe, and quiet ride. It takes corners well, making this unique European sedan one to strongly consider when buying a family vehicle.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Volkswagen Passat
- Honda Civic
- Toyota Camry
- Nissan Altima