2012 VW Passat TDI ranks #1 for fuel economy over hybrids

Consumers don’t often consider full-size options when on the hunt for fuel efficient vehicles; however, there is a new class of roomy sedans boasting better fuel economy than previous generations. Motor Trend put three of these super efficient sedans in a head-to-head comparison to see which would come out on top in a miles-per-gallon competition.  The three vehicles compared include two hybrids, 2011 Hyundai Sonata and 2012 Toyota Camry, and one diesel, 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI. After comparing road test mileage, driving experience and design, the VW Passat won hands down.

While the article had positive things to say about both the Hyundai and the Toyota, the Passat took first place by a long shot. With a highway rating of 40 mpg, on one tank of fuel the Passat can cruise the interstate for 740 miles without needing a pitstop. Add in a six-speed manual transmission and that range shoots up to 43 miles per gallon and 796 miles per tank. Overall, Motor Trend concludes that the superior trunk space (no pesky batteries infringing on storage capacity), “the first-rate steering and taut, lively suspension deliver a rewarding, responsive drive that can’t be matched in this group.”

Read more from Motor Trend.

The best part about diesel vehicles? You can run clean, American made biodiesel without any conversion. Find a Propel biodiesel location near you.

5 responses to “2012 VW Passat TDI ranks #1 for fuel economy over hybrids

  1. Very interesting article! Another company working to produce clean renewable fuels is Baard energy. You should take a look at their webpage, http://baardenergy.com/

  2. Thanks for posting this. Really great information on greenhouse gardening.

  3. I have a 2010 VW TDI Sportwagon with a very similar engine. I was very happy to learn about Propel and to see that there are convenient places to get biodiesel for it. I formerly owned 2 vehicles powered by pure recycled vegetable oil and am glad to be able to continue using bio fuels even after upgrading to a new generation vehicle.

  4. I’m looking to purchase my first Passat TDI, so Has anyone had the opportunity to use or test Blue Sun for use? http://www.gobluesun.com/index.php

  5. I have a 2012 VW Passat TDi and am only getting 29/30 mpg Highway and 24/26 city. What could be the problem here??? We are a little disappointed and concerned there could be something wrong with our new car. It has about 4k miles on it now and not getting any better. Actually, a little worse than when first purchased. Thanks

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