2012 VW Passat: How to Enjoy 140 Horsepower


When was the last time you can honestly say that you’ve driven a full-size car with 140 horsepower and it has been more than adequate?  Maybe the 1986 Ford Taurus with the venerable Vulcan V6?  Well, I was given the opportunity for some seat time with a 2012 Passat TDI clean diesel and it is Volkswagen’s newest sedan to hit American soil, err, actually be built on American soil.  While the styling may not be anything to get excited about at first glance; like a jelly donut, it’s what is inside that counts.

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2011 Audi A3 TDI – Rejoice, A Green Car for Drivers!


The Audi A3 is conclusive proof that green vehicles need not be boring or uninvolving transportation.  Frankly, it’s amazing that it has taken as long as it has to get fun yet extremely frugal vehicles into the marketplace.  Years of having to maneuver around hybrids like Prius driven by hypermilers have led so many people to simply assume that fuel sipping vehicles are incapable of possessing any excitement.

Fortunately, our European friends across the pond have never felt that way.  Much higher fuel taxes have resulted in fuel economy being a big priority in Europe, but that has never justified boring cars there.  Quite the opposite, actually.

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2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Guess What? Hybrids Aren't the Only Way to Drive Green.


Volkswagen_2009_JettaTDI_badge.JPGDiesels stink. They’re noisy, slow, smelly, and dirty. Right? Um, wrong. At least, not anymore. Chances are, you’ve never driven a modern diesel because you live in America. That means you’ve been missing out on some incredibly clean, green, and powerful engines that until now were only available on the other side of the Atlantic.
I recently got some seat time in the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI and came away more than impressed. Here’s a really nice compact sedan that got me 40mpg during my drive (which consisted of a lot of urban and mountain driving) and none of the compromises you would normally expect from a car that gets that kind of fuel economy. What kinds of compromises, you ask? Oh, things like tepid acceleration, no off-the-line oomph, and lack of a fun-to-drive factor.

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