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3.6 SE with Sunroof and Navigation by An MSN Autos Consumer on 04/05/2013. Trim: 2013 Volkswagen Passat 3.6L V6 SE w/Sunroof & Nav, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: The 3.6 offers excellent acceleration and good fuel economy. Interior room is excellent. Classy good looks inside and out. Quiet, smooth ride. Leatherette seats are comfy and built to last. Lots of pep from the 280 HP V-6 thanks to a relatively low curb weight of 3450 pounds.
Cons: No rear view camera or rear park sensors available on SE models. Air conditioned seats would be a nice option too. Styling may be too bland for some.
Overall review: Bought a 3.6 SE with Sunroof and Navigation. Drove both the SE and SEL models and decided I did not need the fancier seats and higher price of the SEL. The only other difference is a few chrome trim pieces and the rear view camera that the SEL gets. Watch out for the tires! SEL's have Michelins or Hankooks which were very quiet. Drove two SE's, one had Bridgestones which were VERY loud, bought the one that came with Continentals (as good as the SEL's Michelins for quietness). With a near 50/50 split of city/highway driving getting 24.5 MPG with fairly easy driving, can't resist the occasional burst though:) This is a very quick car with virtually no torque steer issues. Interior is very roomy for a car this size. Vehicle does many things very well. Happy with the purchase, oh and maintenance is covered for the first three years as a added bonus !
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From the Test Track
The Passat offers lots of room. The base engine is a lackluster 2.5-liter five-cylinder, the diesel got an impressive 37 mpg overall in our tests. A powerful 3.6-liter V6 is available. The Passat is quiet and rides comfortably, with responsive handling, but the car falls short on grip when pushed to its limits.