2013 Volkswagen Passat Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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What's New for 2013:

  • SE trim adds new center console with rear air vents
  • Standard rearview camera on SEL trim

Exterior Features
The 2013 Volkswagen Passat is a 4-door sedan available in S, SE, SEL, and TDI trim levels. All trims feature power side mirrors, integrated turn signal indicators, and automatic headlights.

Interior Features
The Passat S trim comes standard with Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming, air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, tilt/telescoping multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, outside temperature indicator, stereo with CD player, and an auxiliary input jack.

Optional Features
In a higher trim level, Passat buyers can add aluminum wheels, leatherette or real leather seats, heated and power-adjustable front seats, and wood interior trim. Volkswagen also offers a touch-screen HD radio, satellite radio, Fender premium sound, navigation system, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated side mirrors, power sunroof, keyless entry, and push-button ignition. Additionally, this family sedan is offered with sport-bolstered front seats, memory settings for the driver's seat, Homelink universal remote, and upgraded gauges and interior trim.

Under the Hood
The 2013 Passat can be equipped with a choice of three different engines.

The S, SE and SEL come standard with a 2.5-liter, inline 5-cylinder engine creating 170 horsepower. A 5-speed manual gearbox is standard on the Passat S. A 6-speed automatic transmission is optional on that trim and standard on other Passat trims with the 2.5-liter engine.

The Passat SE and SEL can also be equipped with a 280-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine. This engine is paired with a 6-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) automated manual transmission that includes paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

All Passat TDI models have a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, clean diesel 4-cylinder engine that generates 140 horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. of torque peaking at 1,750 rpm. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard, with a 6-speed DSG optional.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Volkswagen Passat are:
  • Passat 2.5L with manual transmission: 22/32/26 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Passat 2.5L with automatic transmission: 22/31/25 mpg
  • Passat 3.6L with DSG: 20/28/23 mpg
  • Passat TDI with manual transmission: 31/43/35 mpg
  • Passat TDI with DSG: 30/40/34 mpg

Safety
Every 2013 VW Passat is equipped with 6 air bags, 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, and traction and stability control. An Intelligent Crash Response system unlocks the doors, activates the hazard lights, and shuts off the fuel pump if the air bags deploy. Passat SEL models also include a reversing camera.

In crash tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2013 Passat achieved the highest overall rating of 5 (out of 5) stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) had not evaluated the 2013 model as this overview was written.

What's New for 2013:

  • SE trim adds new center console with rear air vents
  • Standard rearview camera on SEL trim

Exterior Features
The 2013 Volkswagen Passat is a 4-door sedan available in S, SE, SEL, and TDI trim levels. All trims feature power side mirrors, integrated turn signal indicators, and automatic headlights.

Interior Features
The Passat S trim comes standard with Bluetooth hands-free calling and music streaming, air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, tilt/telescoping multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, outside temperature indicator, stereo with CD player, and an auxiliary input jack.

Optional Features
In a higher trim level, Passat buyers can add aluminum wheels, leatherette or real leather seats, heated and power-adjustable front seats, and wood interior trim. Volkswagen also offers a touch-screen HD radio, satellite radio, Fender premium sound, navigation system, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated side mirrors, power sunroof, keyless entry, and push-button ignition. Additionally, this family sedan is offered with sport-bolstered front seats, memory settings for the driver's seat, Homelink universal remote, and upgraded gauges and interior trim.

Under the Hood
The 2013 Passat can be equipped with a choice of three different engines.

The S, SE and SEL come standard with a 2.5-liter, inline 5-cylinder engine creating 170 horsepower. A 5-speed manual gearbox is standard on the Passat S. A 6-speed automatic transmission is optional on that trim and standard on other Passat trims with the 2.5-liter engine.

The Passat SE and SEL can also be equipped with a 280-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine. This engine is paired with a 6-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) automated manual transmission that includes paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

All Passat TDI models have a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, clean diesel 4-cylinder engine that generates 140 horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. of torque peaking at 1,750 rpm. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard, with a 6-speed DSG optional.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Volkswagen Passat are:
  • Passat 2.5L with manual transmission: 22/32/26 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Passat 2.5L with automatic transmission: 22/31/25 mpg
  • Passat 3.6L with DSG: 20/28/23 mpg
  • Passat TDI with manual transmission: 31/43/35 mpg
  • Passat TDI with DSG: 30/40/34 mpg

Safety
Every 2013 VW Passat is equipped with 6 air bags, 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, and traction and stability control. An Intelligent Crash Response system unlocks the doors, activates the hazard lights, and shuts off the fuel pump if the air bags deploy. Passat SEL models also include a reversing camera.

In crash tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2013 Passat achieved the highest overall rating of 5 (out of 5) stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) had not evaluated the 2013 model as this overview was written.

Available Trims for the 2013 Volkswagen Passat
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name S (4dr dn 2.5L Manual S) Transmission Manual MSRP 20845.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/32
Name S (4dr dn 2.5L Manual S PZEV) Transmission Manual MSRP 20845.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/32
Name S (4dr dn 2.5L Auto S) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 21945.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/31
Name S (4dr dn 2.5L Auto S PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 21945.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/31
Name S w/Appearance (4dr Sdn 2.5L Auto) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 22945.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/31
Name S w/Appearance (4dr Sdn 2.5L Auto PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 22945.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/31
Name SE (4dr Sdn 2.5L Manual) Transmission Manual MSRP 23945.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/32
Name SE (4dr Sdn 2.5L Manual PZEV) Transmission Manual MSRP 23945.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/32
Name SE (4dr Sdn 2.5L Auto) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 25045.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/31
Name SE (4dr Sdn 2.5L Auto PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 25045.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/31
Name SE w/Sunroof (4dr Sdn 2.5L Auto) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 25845.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/31
Name SE w/Sunroof (4dr Sdn 2.5L Auto PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 25845.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/31
Name SE w/Sunroof & Nav (4dr Sdn 2.5L Auto) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 26995.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/31
Name SE w/Sunroof & Nav (4dr Sdn 2.5L Auto PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 26995.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/31
Name SEL (4dr Sdn 2.5L Auto) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 28925.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/31
Name SEL (4dr Sdn 2.5L Auto PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 28925.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/31
Name SEL Premium (4dr Sdn 2.5L Auto) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 30425.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/31
Name SEL Premium (4dr Sdn 2.5L Auto PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 30425.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/31
Name TDI SE (4dr Sdn 2.0L Manual) Transmission Manual MSRP 26225.00 Engine 2.0L/120 City/Hwy MPG 31/43
Name TDI SE w/Sunroof (4dr Sdn 2.0L DSG) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 28225.00 Engine 2.0L/120 City/Hwy MPG 30/40
Name TDI SE w/Sunroof & Nav (4dr Sdn 2.0L DSG) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 29885.00 Engine 2.0L/120 City/Hwy MPG 30/40
Name TDI SEL Premium (4dr Sdn 2.0L DSG) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 32915.00 Engine 2.0L/120 City/Hwy MPG 30/40
Name SE w/Sunroof (4dr Sdn 3.6L V6 DSG) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 29235.00 Engine 3.6L/219 City/Hwy MPG 20/28
Name SE w/Sunroof & Nav (4dr Sdn 3.6L V6 DSG) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 30895.00 Engine 3.6L/219 City/Hwy MPG 20/28
Name SEL Premium (4dr Sdn 3.6L V6 DSG) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 33525.00 Engine 3.6L/219 City/Hwy MPG 20/28
Name Wolfsburg Edition (4dr Sdn 2.5L Auto) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 23495.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/31
Name Wolfsburg Edition (4dr Sdn 2.5L Auto PZEV) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 23495.00 Engine 2.5L/151 City/Hwy MPG 22/31
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INTERIOR
  • Front bucket seats -inc: 8-way manual driver seat, driver lumbar adjustment
  • Front seatback pockets
  • Rear bench seat
  • Cloth seating surfaces
  • Front/rear cupholders
  • Front center armrest
  • Multi-function adjustable steering wheel w/audio & phone controls
  • Trip computer
  • Pwr windows
  • Pwr door locks -inc: central locking, key-integrated remote, auto-locking feature
  • Keyless entry
  • Remote trunk release
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • Immobilizer III theft-deterrent system
  • Cruise Control
  • Climatic manual air conditioning
  • Rear passenger air vents
  • Rear window defroster
  • (3) 12V pwr outlets -inc: (1) in front center console, (1) in rear of center console, (1) in cargo area
  • Metallic-look interior trim
  • Dual visor vanity mirror
  • (2) front/(2) rear assist handles
  • Rear bench seat -inc: rear center armrest w/storage
  • Front/rear cupholders -inc: front cupholder covers
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Carbon metallic-look interior trim
  • Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • Heated front bucket seats -inc: 8-way pwr driver seat, pwr driver lumbar, manual passenger lumbar
  • V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces
  • Sliding front center armrest
  • Leather-wrapped multi-function adjustable steering wheel w/audio & phone controls
  • Multi-function instrument cluster -inc: compass
  • Leatherette side & door panel trim
  • Door pockets
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Front/rear reading lights
  • Leather-wrapped handbrake grip & shift knob
  • Heated front sport bucket seats -inc: 8-way pwr driver seat, pwr driver lumbar, manual passenger lumbar
  • Rear bench seat -inc: rear center armrest w/storage, 60/40 split-folding w/pass-through
  • Front/rear carpeted floor mats
  • HomeLink universal garage door opener
  • Climatronic automatic dual-zone climate control -inc: pollen filter
  • Autumn nut burl interior trim
  • Footwell lighting
  • Heated pwr front sport bucket seats -inc: dual 8-way seat adjusters, dual pwr lumbar
  • Vienna leather/Dynamica cloth seating surfaces
  • Remote engine start
  • Leather-wrapped multi-function adjustable steering wheel w/audio & phone controls -inc: paddle shifters
  • Heated front bucket seats -inc: 8-way pwr driver seat & pwr driver lumbar
  • Front/rear rubber floor mats
EXTERIOR
  • 16" steel wheels -inc: wheel covers
  • 215/60TR16 all-season tires
  • Compact spare tire
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Chrome grille
  • Halogen automatic headlights -inc: coming/leaving home function
  • Body-color pwr mirrors -inc: integrated turn signals
  • Intermittent windshield wipers
  • Body-color door handles
  • 16" "San Jose" alloy wheels
  • 17" "Sonoma" alloy wheels
  • 215/55HR17 all-season tires
  • Chrome window surrounds
  • Body-color heated pwr mirrors -inc: integrated turn signals
  • Intermittent windshield wipers -inc: heated washer nozzles
  • Pwr tilt/slide tinted sunroof
  • 17" "Salamanca" alloy wheels
  • Body-color bumpers -inc: chrome accents
  • Protective side moldings w/chrome accents
  • Front fog lights -inc: corner lights
  • Body-color heated pwr mirrors w/memory -inc: integrated turn signals
  • 18" "Bristol" alloy wheels
  • 235/45HR18 all-season tires
MECHANICAL
  • 2.5L MPFI DOHC 20-valve I5 engine
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • Front wheel drive
  • MacPherson strut front suspension -inc: coil springs, anti-roll bar
  • Four-link independent rear suspension -inc: anti-roll bar
  • Hydraulic rack & pinion pwr steering
  • Vented front/solid rear pwr disc brakes
  • 2.5L MPFI DOHC 20-valve I5 PZEV engine -inc: 118 mph speed limiter
  • 6-speed automatic transmission -inc: Tiptronic & sport mode
  • Chrome exhaust tip
  • 2.0L DOHC 16-valve turbocharged TDI I4 engine -inc: 118 mph speed limiter
  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • Electro-mechanical rack & pinion pwr steering
  • 6-speed DSG automatic transmission -inc: Tiptronic & sport mode
  • 3.6L DOHC MPFI 24-valve VR6 engine -inc: variable intake & exhaust cam timing, 130 mph speed limiter
  • Chrome dual exhaust tips
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • Anti-lock braking system -inc: electronic brake-pressure distribution
    • Hydraulic brake assist
    • Electronic differential lock
    • Hill hold control
    • Anti-slip regulation
    • Electronic stability control
    • Daytime running lights
    • Dual front airbags
    • Dual front side-impact airbags
    • Front/rear side curtain airbags
    • LATCH (Lower Anchors & Tethers for CHildren) child seat anchor points
    • Child safety rear door locks
    • Emergency trunk release
    • Intelligent Crash Response System
    • 3-point safety belts for all seating positions -inc: front seat belt pretensioners
    • Tire pressure monitoring system
    • Dual-tone horn
    • Rearview camera
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: aux input
    • Bluetooth connectivity -inc: audio streaming
    • Window diversity antenna
    • Premium VIII AM/FM stereo w/6-disc in-dash CD/MP3 changer -inc: HD Radio, touchscreen, (8) speakers, aux input
    • SiriusXM satellite radio -inc: 3-month subscription
    • Media device interface (MDI) w/iPod cable
    • RNS 315 navigation system
    • Fender Premium AM/FM stereo sound system w/CD player -inc: (8) speakers, subwoofer
    • RNS 510 navigation system

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