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2011 Kia Forte

2011 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

  2011 Kia Forte Hatchback 2011 Volkswagen Jetta
MSRP
$14,995
$15,365
Invoice $14,700 $14,750
MPG
City/Highway
22/36 23/42
Rating
8.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.8
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Bottom Line The 2011 Kia Forte exemplifies the new direction of Kia, with a simple, elegant style, unexpected levels of refinement, and lots of value for the money. Read Full Review The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta steps back in tech time and lowers its German street cred—but still delivers a better driving feel and more back-seat room than many other compact sedans. Read Full Review
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  • Roomy interior
  • Quiet, refined cabin
  • Standard safety, connectivity features
  • Elegant, simple look inside and out

Dislikes:

  • Steering feel
  • Balky clutch (manual)
  • No available nav system

Likes:

  • Attention to styling details, outside and in
  • TDI is still a fuel-economy champ
  • Back seat is spacious, and feels airy
  • Handles like a VW—which means, almost like an Audi
  • Big, wide, usefully shaped trunk

Dislikes:

  • Cleaner look still leans into Civic territory
  • Cheaper interior obvious even to newbies
  • Turbo and diesel versions will still be pricey
  • Navigation system’s a half-step behind the best
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