The Passat's been an excellent long-distance road trip companion, netting us almost 46 mpg on one journey--a single-tank run from Atlanta to northern Virginia. This time, we only needed to get out of Atlanta's orbit to collect some fall bounty and take in the turning leaves, while showing you the best of what we've uncovered in our six months with the VW--and the few minor complaints we have.
The short version? The Passat's exceptional fuel economy, back-seat space, huge trunk, and predictable handling are on point for the family-sedan segment. It's no small feat for VW to set up shop in Tennessee and to hit its target so squarely, but the Passat's done it.
The downsides? We like the Passat's styling, but it's quite conservative, compared to the dynamic looks of cars like the new Ford Fusion. Some packaging choices by VW leave us wanting, too--we'd like cloth seats, the nicer navigation system, and Fender audio on our TDI, as well as paddle controls for the DSG transmission.
But after more than 7,700 miles, we've had zero mechanical issues, as expected, and very few trips to refuel the Passat TDI. And that earns it respect as it rolls out of the TCC garage for the last time.
Stay with us for one more post on our Six-Month Road Test Passat, for a recap of our findings from the extended TDI drive.
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