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2012 Dodge Avenger

2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

  2012 Dodge Avenger R/T 2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
MSRP
$18,995
$15,515
Invoice $18,740 $14,894
MPG
City/Highway
19/31 23/42
Rating
7.4
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.8
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TCC Rating
Bottom Line With a better interior and a better V-6, the 2012 Dodge Avenger has grown more interesting--but it execution, it still leaves a lot to be desired. 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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  • Distinctive styling and stance
  • Clean cabin layout
  • Refined, strong V-6

Dislikes:

  • Styling cuts down on head room
  • V-6 has torque steer
  • Automatic transmission needs software work
  • Interior hasn't improved as much as the Chrysler 200

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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