• spkrad avatar spkrad Posted: 6/16/2013 9:25am PDT

    I am getting around 40 city, 52 hwy in my 2012 Passat tdi. If I keep the car around 60 on a long 2 lane highway, I can get 55mpg. I have a hard time getting excited about 27/38 in an Altima. Can't wait for a US or Japanese automaker to build a diesel hybrid sport ute or quad cab pick up. I bet those would sell like crazy.

  • fb_100003367369603 avatar Kenneth Posted: 6/19/2012 9:33am PDT

    It stated Fuel Efficient Gasoline Engine. The Passat TDI runs on Diesel.

  • MartinKB avatar MartinKB Posted: 6/8/2012 10:37am PDT

    If you can't count the Prius or the Fusion or the Camry or the Sonata, then you can't count the Chevy E-Assist cars either.

  • fb_1001015277 avatar John Posted: 6/8/2012 6:08am PDT

    The title seems to be a major fail.

    The most Fuel Efficient mid-size car (according to the EPA) is the Toyota Prius, by a wide margin. 50 mpg versus 31 mpg for the Altima.

  • hayer3 avatar hayer3 Posted: 6/18/2012 6:37pm PDT

    The prius is hardly a mid size car.....I'd wager its a bit smaller than the Altima or any car in that class.

  • john_v avatar John Posted: 6/19/2012 3:36am PDT

    @Henry: Actually, the Toyota Prius IS classified as a mid-size car by the EPA based on its interior volume.

  • fb_535830066 avatar Nikki Posted: 6/8/2012 8:43am PDT

    The Altima wins for non-hybrid cars :)

  • fb_1505848377 avatar Laura Posted: 6/8/2012 9:58am PDT

    2012 VW Passat TDI (diesel) - EPA rated 31 mpg city, 43 mpg highway, and 35 mpg combined. Owners reporting to Fuelly.com are averaging 40.1 mpg.

    Mid sized, and not a hybrid :-)

  • billtech66 avatar billtech66 Posted: 2/27/2013 11:24am PST

    I think safety and reliability are more important than fuel economy.

    Consumer reports, which reports yearly in the April issue, the compiled frequency of repairs on most cars, and shows the TDI as better than the Non TDI Passat, which is a MUCH WORSE THAN AVERAGE repair history, whereas the TDI Passat shows as just WORSE THAN AVERAGE. since it's still pretty new, really not enough time for the problems to show up.
    I point this out as a automotive tech for almost 50 years, and I usually try to discourage my customers from buying cars that are high maintenance & prone to problems like VW's are.

  • fb_1001015277 avatar John Posted: 6/8/2012 10:38am PDT

    Sorry, compact car by EPA standard and I think the numbers are 31 city 42 highway.

    Still pretty impressive.

  • fb_1001015277 avatar John Posted: 6/8/2012 12:51pm PDT

    My bad, I had the Jetta TDI, you are right.

  • fb_1505848377 avatar Laura Posted: 6/8/2012 11:20am PDT

    Fueleconomy.gov says the 2012 Passat TDI is mid size and EPA rated 31/43/35 mpg.

    EPA mid sized is 110-119 cubic feet of combined passenger and cargo volume. At 102 + 16 = 118 cubic feet, the 2012 Passat is mid sized.

  • fb_1001015277 avatar John Posted: 6/8/2012 9:44am PDT

    Did make me wonder if there are any mid-size plugin cars yet.