No. 1: Volkswagen Passat TDI

The Volkswagen Passat TDI Sedan is definitely a vehicle to take a "pass at."

Introduced to the U.S. in 1973, Passat is German for "trade wind." With a 2.0L and clean diesel engine, the Passat gets a remarkable 43 mpg highway and 31 mpg city with manual transmission. The automatic transmission gets 40 mpg highway and 30 mpg city.

It also has a high pressure steel that holds well when a crash occurs, front wheel drive and ABS to control steering for a quicker response, according to Volkswagen.

The Passat also comes in a 2.5L, 5-cylinder engine and a 3.6L V6 engine model. The sedan also features Bluetooth, a navigation touchscreen and an adapter to plug in an iPod. Starting at $25,995, it was chosen as a 2011 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick.

Das smart!

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