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2012 Chevrolet Cruze

2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

  2012 Chevrolet Cruze 4-door Sedan LTZ Angular Front Exterior View 2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
MSRP
$16,800
$15,515
Invoice $16,212 $14,894
MPG
City/Highway
25/42 23/42
Rating
8.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
Bottom Line The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze is a practical, comfortable, fuel-efficient, and a strong value, but it does lack the nimble, tossable feel that some small-car fans appreciate. Read Full Review The 2012 VW Jetta delivers a better driving feel and more back-seat room than many other compact sedans; skip the cost-cutter base versions in favor of the TDI or the GLI for a distinctive choice in the compact class. Read Full Review
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Likes:

  • Firm but comfortable ride
  • Gas mileage
  • Pleasing materials and trims
  • Wide range of seat adjustability
  • Large trunk

Dislikes:

  • Unremarkable exterior
  • Climate controls placed too low
  • Not much driving excitement

Likes:

  • GLI's turbo thrust, tighter rear suspension
  • Diesel fuel economy bests many hybrids
  • Spacious back seat
  • VW handling still better than (X) handling
  • A huge trunk

Dislikes:

  • Low-key styling in a class of extroverts
  • Base interior's obvious cost-cutting
  • GLI, TDI versions aren't much less expensive than before
  • Navigation system isn't as well-developed
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