So far, we're utterly convinced of the beauty of the TDI's vast driving range. We've had no problem exceeding the EPA's highway economy figures--something we can't say of our personally-owned hybrid hatchback.
We've observed that lackluster hybrid gas mileage in brand-new vehicles, too. But that could change in the coming year, as new gas-electric sedans are rated much higher on both sides of the EPA cycle. That means they could net out substantially higher than the Passat TDI as a result. Looking ahead, the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid is estimated at 47/44 mpg or 46 mpg combined, and there's a 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid yet to come.
That's a challenge to study at a later date. For our Passat TDI, there's just more interstate mileage to be logged. With no scheduled services in sight we're planning another long trip down I-85, or maybe a banzai run all the way down I-95, and points south.
Stay with us for more on our Six-Month Road Test Passat as we make that run, and take it for a comparison test against some of this year's North American Car of the Year nominees.
If you have questions you want answered, let us know in the comments below. And for the latest information including pricing with options, see our full review of the 2013 VW Passat--and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.