2013 Volkswagen Passat

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2013 Volkswagen Passat
2013 Volkswagen Passat

New For 2013

Volkswagen signaled a new direction with the introduction of the 2012 Passat. There are no significant changes for 2013.


In cutting the Passat’s price by some $7000, Volkswagen achieved its biggest cost saving not in the interior (it is still quite nice) or the chassis (which provides a decent ride), but in the powertrain. The base engine in the 2010 model was VW’s highly regarded 2.0-liter turbo, which made a hearty 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque while returning 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. Now we get the old 2.5-liter five-cylinder from the Jetta. Despite having one more cylinder, this is not an upgrade. The five musters only 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, and despite the lower power output, fuel economy is about the same (21/33). For buyers willing to spend a little more, better options exist: the fuel-miserly diesel TDI and the potent 3.6-liter VR6. The turbo-diesel four-cylinder returns an excellent 30/40 mpg with an automatic transmission and delivers power much more enthusiastically than any hybrid does. The VR6 is smooth and vigorous but not as efficient as, say, the turbocharged four-cylinder in the Hyundai Sonata. There’s evidence of cost cutting in the interior, but the cabin is still comfortable, attractive, and functional. It is a cavernous space with excellent visibility. The Passat deserves consideration from buyers who previously considered it too small or too pricey.


ABS; front, side, and side curtain air bags; tire-pressure monitoring; and traction and stability control are standard. The Passat comes with Volkswagen’s Intelligent Crash Response System, which responds to an accident by unlocking the doors, shutting off the fuel pump, and turning on the hazard lights.

You'll like:

  • Plush ride
  • Efficient diesel engine
  • Acres of legroom

You won't like:

  • Not as sporty as it once was
  • Interior has lost some of its exclusivity

Key Competitors For The 2013 Volkswagen Passat

  • Ford Fusion
  • Honda Accord
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Toyota Camry
2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Badge
Volkswagen is trying to send a message to the federal government telling it to get with the times, as the automaker is urging regulators to back diesels up with more incentives, reports The Detroit News.
Volkswagen Passat Generations
The Volkswagen Passat celebrates two big milestones this month. Not only has the car sold more than 20 million examples worldwide, but July marks the 40th anniversary of the Volkswagen Passat nameplate.
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Bentley’s über-luxury sport-utility vehicle might not be rational, but it was inevitable [see Georg Kacher’s in-depth report here]. Ponder the questions of whether Porsche would have developed the Cayenne -- or even the Panamera -- if the diverse Volkswagen Group already had fully owned the brand back in the days when there was only the 911 and Boxster. We now can be sure the answer is “yes.”
2013 Volkswagen Passat Profile 2
The 2014 Volkswagen Passat gains a new engine that will return considerably better fuel economy than the car's current base engine. A new 1.8-liter turbocharged inline-four engine replaces the 2.5-liter inline-five as the Passat's base engine this year.
World Record Volkswagen Passat TDI And Gerdes
A 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI recently achieved 77.99 mpg during a Guinness World record attempt for the lowest fuel consumption of a non-hybrid car travelling through the lower 48 U.S. states. Not only does the impressive achievement shatter the record for non-hybrid cars, but for hybrid cars as well.

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2013 Volkswagen Passat Specifications

Quick Glance:
2.5L I5Engine
Fuel economy City:
22 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
32 MPG
170 hp @ 5700rpm
177 ft lb of torque @ 4250rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
36,000 miles / 36 months
60,000 miles / 60 months
Unlimited miles / 144 months
36,000 miles / 36 months
36,000 miles / 36 months
Recall Date
Volkswagen Group of America (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Passat vehicles manufactured January 2011 through November 2012. In the affected vehicles, the low beam headlight bulb may become loose and lose electrical contact.
A loss of low beam headlights may reduce the driver's visibility and increase the risk of a crash.
Volkswagen notified owners, and dealers will replace the bulb holder, free of charge. The recall began in May 2014. Owners may contact Volkswagen at 1-800-822-8987. Volkswagens recall number associated with this campaign is 94G8/7V.
Potential Units Affected
Volkswagen of America, Inc.

IIHS Front Small Overlap
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
NHTSA Rating Front Side
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
NHTSA Rating Overall
NHTSA Rating Rollover
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
IIHS Best Pick
IIHS Rear Crash
IIHS Roof Strength

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