Volkswagen Passat

*I recently drove the NISSAN LEAF SL and the PASSAT SEL PREMIUM. Both are a driver’s dream for different reasons.

The Nissan Leaf is an electric car. So, if you’re tired of the crazy gas prices, this is the car for you.

The Passat handles well and looks good.

They are both worth a drive around the block.

Check it out!!!

NISSAN LEAF

 THE CAR: NISSAN LEAF SL

The one thing you have to understand about this car is that it is ELECTRIC. No GAS. No TAILPIPE.  One must always be aware of having time to adequately charge up the car. That, itself, takes some planning. Other than that, this car is fabulous. It handles well, drives easy, is spacious, is smooth, is quiet and looks good.  It has a cool sound system, a quiet cabin, reliability and has leather-appointed seating.   And, it’s affordable!!! The Nissan Leaf receives a new 6.6-kW onboard charger that cuts charging times in half.

VEHICLE AT A GLANCE: 24 kWh Lithium-Ion battery, battery heater, 80 kW AC Synchronous Motor, 6.6kW Onboard Charger, Quick Charge Port, Regenerative Braking System, 4-wheel power-assisted vented disc brakes, 17” alloy wheels, portable trickle charge cable (120V EVSE), 6-way adjustable driver seat, automatic temperature control.

MSRP: $36,910

FUEL ECONOMY: 116 MPGe

THE DRIVE: E-Z

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 THE CAR: 2014 VW PASSAT SEL PREMIUM

Whether you’re an upwardly mobile single, or the head of a family, the Passat is stylish enough for you.  It has a fuel-efficient turbo diesel option, a quiet ride, a nice amount of legroom, an impressive cabin.

VEHICLE AT A GLANCE: Bluetooth,V6 engine good for 280 horsepower, Engine 2.5 L Inline 5-cylinder, drivetrain Front wheel drive, Transmission 5-speed manual, Horse Power 170 hp @ 5700 rpm. The Passat is offered in three models (2.5L, TDI and 3.6L), which are subdivided into a quartet of different trim levels (S, Wolfsburg, SE and SEL).

The SEL has upgraded front seats, live traffic updates, chrome exterior trim, heated mirrors, rear seat air vents, a sliding front armrest, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, upgraded gauges and displays and an eight-speaker sound system with a touch screen audio interface dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, a rear-seat pass-through and wood interior trim, fog-lights, keyless ignition/entry, remote ignition, partial leather upholstery and power front seats with driver memory functions.

VEHICLE AT A GLANCE: 2.5 L Inline 5-cylinder, front wheel drive, 5-speed manual, horsepower: 170 hp @ 5700 rpm, 18” alloy wheels, Bluetooth, 18.5 gallon fuel tank capacity, torque: 177 ft-lbs @ 4250 rpm.

MSRP: $31,715

FUEL ECONOMY: 24/34

THE DRIVE: Smooth!

Darlene Donloe is a seasoned entertainment and travel journalist whose work has appeared in People, Ebony, Essence, LA Stage Times, LA Watts Times, Los Angeles Sentinel, EMMY, The Hollywood Reporter, Rhythm & Business, Billboard, Grammy, CYH, BlackVoices.com and more. Contact her via: [email protected].

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