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in 2013 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $14,591 - $22,849
Original MSRP: $20,845 - $33,525
MPG: 22 City / 32 Hwy
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Used Car: 2013 Volkswagen Passat Review

Review Last Updated: 4/10/15

Though it does well in crash tests and reviewers called its interior upscale, the 2013 VW Passat trails competitors when it comes to reliability.

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The 2013 Volkswagen Passat has three available powertrains, ranging from a five-cylinder engine to a V6 and even a turbodiesel four-cylinder engine, which is unusual for the 2013 midsize class. Critics said that the five-cylinder and V6-powered Passat models have plenty of power, but they were most impressed with the turbodiesel Passat, noting that it’s responsive at any speed and offers great fuel economy. A manual transmission is standard in the base Passat and an automatic transmission is available. The base 2013 Passat gets 22/32 mpg city/highway, and the Passat diesel gets up to 31/43 mpg city/highway, which is excellent for the class. While some reported that the 2013 Passat doesn’t feel especially sporty, most test drivers were pleased with its comfortable ride, accurate steering and composed handling.

Reviewers said that the 2013 Volkswagen Passat has a big interior and that the back seat is particularly spacious. It also has a large trunk for the class, and test drivers liked the VW Passat’s upscale interior materials and design. However, some reported that its available navigation system can be slow to respond to user inputs. Standard features in the 2013 VW Passat include Bluetooth and automatic headlights. Available features include navigation, a rearview camera, remote start, a premium Fender stereo system, satellite radio, proximity key, push-button start, leatherette upholstery, heated front seats and a sunroof.

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Other Cars to Consider

Reviewers loved the 2013 Nissan Altima for its athletic performance and large, upscale interior. The Altima also comes with lots of standard features, and it gets very good fuel economy ratings.

Test drivers praised the 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid for its roomy cabin, which is built with high-quality materials. The Camry Hybrid also gets exceptional fuel economy for the class, and critics said it has plenty of power.

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