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7 speed-demon sedans for sports-car lovers

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Volkswagen Passat TDI SE
Volkswagen Passat TDI SE

Volkswagen Passat TDI SE

  • Price: $26,675
  • Gas mileage: 31 mpg city/43 mpg highway

Costing roughly $2,000 more than the similarly equipped gasoline-fueled SE, the TDI delivers the best fuel economy among Bankrate's picks. The 140 horsepower generated by its 2-liter, four-cylinder turbo diesel doesn't sound particularly potent, but the whopping 236 pounds-feet of torque gets this sedan up and moving in a hurry. A six-speed driver-shiftable automatic with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles is available, but Bankrate stuck with the fun-to-drive six-speed manual.

A spacious, nicely finished cabin hosts a bevy of standard features, such as its eight-speaker touch-screen audio system with iPod interface, Bluetooth connectivity, heated front seats and a rearview camera.

Volkswagen firmly believes in the connection between driver and car, and Passat expresses that passion for driving.

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