Top 10 Family Friendly Fuel Sippers

Top 10 Family Friendly Fuel Sippers
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2. 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

Here’s the good part about driving a diesel-powered car: you can drive it like a normal vehicle and the fuel economy doesn’t suffer. With a 40 mpg highway rating, the Passat TDI is actually rated with worse fuel economy than the other cars listed here, but you stand a better chance of achieving the slightly poorer rating.

Besides, the diesel engine’s torque matched with quick shifts from the dual-clutch gearbox will deliver a powerful feeling of acceleration. The Passat cabin is also probably the nicest of this bunch, too. Equipped with the dual-clutch transmission, it starts around $29,000.

  • Turbineguy

    My ’12 Passat TDI regularly returns 44-47mpg on longer highway trips. In-town driving is between 34-37 mpg. The EPA ratings on diesels are a joke – unrealistically low.

  • ColumWood

    You can say that again. It’s nice that diesel drivers know they will get better than EPA miles, but it would be nice if the rest of the buying public knew it too.

  • ex honda accord fan

    Honda has built a hybrid? First they should build a reliable ignition. Who cares about the mileage if you are always getting towed?

  • SuperDave

    As a 2012 passat TDI owner myself, high 40’s and no batteries required! ;-P

  • gotglasses

    Honda ignition? You too? Mine never starts below freezing.

  • mbmck00

    whatcha mean? The new Accord has an ignition problem?

  • Andy WILLIAMS

    Our 2010 Diesel Forester shows 5.6l/100 for the last 3,000km’s – not to be sneezed at !

  • tdi owner

    vw tdi, on the highway i get a much better than 40mpg, more like 47mpg, combined i get 41mpg, this is an awesome car!

  • Fred2202350

    I’ve driven diesels for years (currently new Jetta TDI), but the mfgs. just don’t want to sell the ones my wife needs for car pool with a diesel. There are several I’d buy if offered with the same motor as in Italy. (or VW could sell the Touran here) Oddly, the car I have garaged at my house in Italy is NOT a diesel – old, low mileage Citroën AX I got for a song precisely due to having a gasoline engine when 80%+ of cars there are diesel.