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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan S 26 36 $15,635 $16,500
4-Door Sedan SE 26 36 $16,380 $17,500
4-Door Sedan SEL 28 38 $19,110 $20,500
4-Door Sedan Titanium 28 38 $20,657 $22,200
5-Door HB SE 26 36 $17,108 $18,300
5-Door HB SEL 28 38 $19,838 $21,300
5-Door HB Titanium 28 38 $21,112 $22,700
4-Door Manual Base
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Manual Base 24 33 $14,894 $15,515
4-Door Automatic Base 24 29 $15,950 $16,615
4-Door Manual S 24 33 $15,979 $16,645
4-Door Automatic S 24 29 $17,035 $17,745
4-Door Manual SE 23 33 $17,977 $18,725
4-Door Manual SE PZEV 23 33 $17,977 $18,725
4-Door Automatic SE 24 32 $19,033 $19,825
4-Door Automatic SE PZEV 24 32 $19,033 $19,825
4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience 23 33 $19,273 $20,075
4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience PZEV 23 33 $19,273 $20,075
4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience 24 32 $20,328 $21,175
4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience PZEV 24 32 $20,328 $21,175
4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience & Sunroof 23 33 $20,558 $21,415
4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience & Sunroof PZEV 23 33 $20,558 $21,415
4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience & Sunroof 24 32 $21,614 $22,515
4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience & Sunroof PZEV 24 32 $21,614 $22,515
4-Door Manual SEL N/A N/A N/A N/A
4-Door Manual SEL PZEV N/A N/A N/A N/A
4-Door Automatic SEL N/A N/A N/A N/A
4-Door Automatic SEL PZEV N/A N/A N/A N/A
4-Door Manual TDI 30 42 $21,864 $22,775
4-Door DSG TDI 30 42 $22,921 $23,875
4-Door Manual TDI w/Premium 30 42 $23,247 $24,215
4-Door DSG TDI w/Premium 30 42 $24,303 $25,315
4-Door Manual TDI w/Premium & Nav 30 42 $24,331 $25,345
4-Door DSG TDI w/Premium & Nav 30 42 $25,387 $26,445
4-Door Manual S w/Sunroof 24 33 $17,083 $17,795
4-Door Automatic S w/Sunroof 24 29 $18,139 $18,895
4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium & Sunroof 24 32 $23,813 $24,805
4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium & Sunroof PZEV 24 32 $23,813 $24,805
4-Door Manual SEL w/Sunroof 23 33 $22,507 $23,445
4-Door Manual SEL w/Sunroof PZEV 23 33 $22,507 $23,445
4-Door Automatic SEL w/Sunroof 24 32 $23,563 $24,545
4-Door Automatic SEL w/Sunroof PZEV 24 32 $23,563 $24,545
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,635
$14,894
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,500
$15,515
Monthly Payment Estimate
$275 / month
$259 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line With the 2012 Focus, Ford shows that small cars don't have to feel so banal, with charismatic compacts that are more satisfying to drive, more luxurious, and better-equipped. 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.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 26 mpg 24 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 36 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Compact Cars
Number of Passenger Doors - 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 38.0 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.7 53.6
Front Leg Room (in) 41.9 41.2
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Front Hip Room (in) 53.9 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 43.7 38.1
Front Head Room (in) 38.3 38.2
Second Hip Room (in) 52.7 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.6 55.2
Passenger Volume (ft³) 90.7 94.1
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 57.7 57.2
Track Width, Rear (in) 60.4 60.6
Wheelbase (in) 104.3 104.4
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.8 70.0
Track Width, Front (in) 61.2 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 5.5
Length, Overall (in) 178.5 182.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 13.2 15.7
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA NA
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 8.98 x - TBD - 9.1 x 1.3
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.94 x - TBD - 11.0 x 0.9
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Brake ABS System 4-wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 12.4 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.0 36.4
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.6 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.7 16.4
Tires
Spare Tire Size Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size P195/60R15 195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Front Tire Size P195/65R15 195/65HR15
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1000 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2857 2804
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 6.1 7.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 140
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 160 @ 6500 115 @ 5200
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 146 @ 4450 125 @ 4000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.0L/121 2.0L/121
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 26 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 30 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 36 33
Transmission
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.80 0.67
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.72 3.18
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.14 1.95
Trans Order Code - TBD - NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.82 3.93
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.03 0.88
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.67 3.45
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.45 1.28
Trans Type 5 5
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Ford Focus Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.93 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear SLA Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut McPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.75 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - TBD - 7
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.2 6.5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
 
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