In this current age of midsize sedans, many automakers are going towards using turbo-four cylinders as their top engines. The mindset behind this change is simple: provide the power of a V6 engine while delivering better fuel economy. Not all automakers are sold on this idea, however. Honda, Nissan, and Toyota are sticking with the tried and true V6 as their top engine. Another automaker you can add to the V6 believer list is Volkswagen with the 2013 Passat.
The Passat V6 uses Volkswagen's 3.6L VR6 engine that makes 280 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This is paired with Volkswagen's DSG® six-speed automatic. EPA rates the 2013 Passat V6 at 20 City/28 Highway/23 Highway.
Aside from the V6 motivation, the 2013 Passat V6 is like any other Passat. The exterior is the same clean cut, if somewhat boring design. Inside, you'll find a wealth of passenger room and standard features. All Passat V6 models come equipped with six airbags, power seat for the driver, Bluetooth, heated front seats, sunroof, a Fender audio system, and eighteen-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
The 2013 Volkswagen Passat V6 starts at $29,235 for the base SE model and climbs upward to $33,525 for the SEL Premium. Competitors to the 2013 Passat V6 include the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, and Toyota Camry.