Originally Posted by radtech83
psd1 - This is what has me ready to make the jump to a TDI 6MT. I have been driving in flat Indiana in a '06 Honda Civic Hybrid with a new replaced battery for 3 years almost never driving over 65 mph. And I have only once seen 55.0 mpg or better in that time frame. Hell I haven't used cruise control for 5 years because it KILLS a hybrids average! I drive 85% highway miles no cruise and throw every trick there is to bumping the mpg and rarely see better the 52 mpg.
To be able to ride in a quality midsize car with the cruise on going 65 mph and get 50+ mpg or better would be a dream! It is only the fear of repair and maintenance cost of a VW that has held me back.
I was tempted to fill at the 500 mile mark, just to check but I like to keep my miles per tank average up. My MFI was showing 55+ at the end of that 500 miles, so it was probably in the 57-58 MPG range as my MFI always reads low.
This is our third TDI and it is a great car. It isn't fancy and the wife wishes it had a sunroof, but it does everything spectacularly. I am in need of new tires and am holding off as long as I can because I know my MPG will suffer. After 44K miles the car has been stellar, the maintenance is easy and of course there is the Tq factor. From the sounds of your commute the Passat TDI would be a great choice.