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2014 VW Passat 1.8 Turbo Offers Thrills, Thanks To A Heart Transplant

Last year the Volkswagen Passat had one major flaw that took away from the fact that it is a roomy, well designed, high quality family sedan on every other count. Its entry level engine, a wheezy (no, we don’t mean Mrs. Jefferson) 2.5 liter 5-cylinder, did little but spur any buyer with the means to do so to opt instead for the superior 2.0 liter TDI turbodiesel motor.

2013 Nisan Altima

2013 Models Are Still On The Lot: Time To Go Shopping

Why pay for a new 2014 when you may still find some great new 2013 models at your local dealer? Here are some thoughts for your gay experience as you contemplate a set of wheels that really says “We’re here,…

2013 Volkswagen GTI (pic by Jeff Stork)

2013 Volkswagen GTI: Still the One

I don’t buy modern cars these days, because between press cars and the small flock of Mercedes diesels that tend to follow me home, there just isn’t the need. But it’s pretty inevitable at a party, someone will ask me…

2014 Volkswagen CC

2014 Volkswagen CC Is A Steal

I’m a big fan of the Mercedes-Benz CLS63, BMW M6 Gran Coupe, and Audi RS7 — all super-sexy, four-door German super-coupes. Packing muscles of the gods, they romp from 0-60 mph in less than 3.5 seconds and touch 190 mph with their 560 horsepower V8 engines. The only downside is, these fabulous show ponies cost around $130,000. Thankfully, there’s a way to get all the style of these Autobahn blitzers with the sticker price of a loaded Honda Accord.


First Drive Comparison: 2013 VW Golf TDI Vs. 2015 VW Golf TDI

Volkswagen lovers with an eye on a Golf TDI hatchback are no doubt asking themselves if they should hold out until model year 2015 for the update or snap up a sixth-generation version like the 2013 model. (FWIW, there will be a shortened 2014 model year for the Golf made up of leftover stock of the current version.) To address such dilemmas, we thought we’d pit the two against one another.

2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI

2013 Volkswagen Beetle TDI: The Un-Diesel

I like the Beetle, and find it much better looking and better trimmed than its “New Beetle” predecessor. And by now, it seems like I’d driven just about every variant of the Volkswagen Beetle except I hadn’t yet been behind the wheel of the TDI, so when the offer was made I eagerly accepted.

2013 Volkswagen Tiguan

2013 Volkswagen Tiguan Explains Itself

How do I explain the Volkswagen Tiguan?

First, that’s a made-up name that supposedly conjures an image of a snarling tiger mixed with a slithering iguana. Is it meant to be a menacing meat-eater or an aquarium pet for the reptile-obsessed? Maybe you put the tiger in the tank and an iguana in the boot? It’s all so confusing. Fortunately, it’s easier to get a fix on the machine itself.

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Solves The Riddle

At your local VW dealer, you can get a Passat with a 170 horsepower, 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine or a 280 horsepower, 3.6-liter VR6, but that’s so common. The real auto enthusiasts and tree-clingers among us will opt for the 2.0-liter four-cylinder Clean Diesel that grunts out 140 horsepower and 236 ft-lbs of torque. And why not choose the six-speed manual transmission to achieve 31/43 mpg city/hwy.? As loony as it sounds, a TDI with a manual transmission is a pretty sporty ride. My partner is rarely one to fight for driving rights on long trips, but he refused to hand over the helm. Diesel driving is intoxicating

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo Convertible (photo by Jeff Stork)

2013 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo Convertible Turns Heads In California

Last summer, I drove the restyled Volkswagen Beetle Turbo and came away impressed — especially with the more masculine, 356-like styling, upgraded interior, and the spirited performance that reminded me of the first- and second-generation GTIs I owned back in my college days.

2013 Nissan JUKE NISMO

Cool Cars Blow Into The 2013 Chicago Auto Show

Los Angeles and Detroit are two of the largest auto shows in North America, but automakers often save some big news for Chicago. From a new little diesel to a Superman sedan, big man van, and Texas-sized truck, there was a lot to see at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, which wrapped up last week. Here are some of the highlights: