2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI SE with navigation and sunroof.
Just a few weeks ago we took the Passat on a road trip from Maryland to central Florida. Loaded with a family of 5 and a trunk full of luggage, the fuel economy results were quite good. It averaged 47 miles per gallon and got about 793 miles on one tank of ultra low sulfur diesel. We only had to stop once to refuel on our trip down. The same goes for the trip home. I was very impressed. After owning and driving sportier cars and SUVs with not-so-great fuel economy, I am still getting used to the diesel way of motoring. Keep in mind, unlike some hybrids that require hypermiling driving behaviors, I did not have to modify my driving habits in this car. I was heavy footed when I wanted to be and had my share of stop and go traffic, thanks to I-95 south from northern VA to Fredericksburg which is always a hot zone for congestion.
It’s no secret that diesel powered vehicles are known for great fuel economy and durability. In Europe alone, diesel vehicles consist of almost half the market. While in the US, I’ve read anywhere from 1.5 to 3 percent of the market are diesel cars and SUVs. Forbes reports that diesel powered vehicle sales have gone up in the last few years, but still have a long way to go before they’re considered mainstream.
Here’s a photo of the boot on the morning we left on our trip. Plenty of space left around our two largest pieces of luggage.
On one tank of ultra low sulfur diesel (“clean diesel” as some call it), I was able to get over 700 miles on one tank. On the trip to Florida, it was about 728 miles on one tank. Factor in miles of stop and go traffic from northern Virginia to Fredericksburg, Virginia that naturally affected fuel economy. On the trip back to Maryland the ride was hassle free and we got about 790 miles on one tank before the time came to refuel.
During the trip the car was averaging 43 to as much as 47 miles per gallon. Awesome!
The kids had a good amount of room in the back seat of the Passat which is known for its large amount of legroom. Here they are watching a movie on the iPad… so serious! LOL
The family thoroughly enjoyed Universal Islands of Adventure. Our favorite area is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Nate bought three wands from Ollivanders. Butterbeer is definitely our favorite drink in Hogsmeade. Jordan really liked Dr. Seuss’ Landing and Jurassic Park where she witnessed the hatching of a velociraptor at the Jurassic Park Discovery Center!
Enjoy some photos from the trip!