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2012 Lexus HS 250h

2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

  2012 Lexus HS 250h 4-door Sedan Angular Front Exterior View 2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
Invoice $33,698 $14,894
35/34 23/42
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Bottom Line The 2012 Lexus HS 250h offers lots of technology along with its high gas mileage, but it's not engaging to drive, nor is its level of luxury particularly spectacular. 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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  • Good gas mileage given its features
  • Long list of electronic features
  • Easy to maneuver
  • Multiple safety features


  • Engine note harsh and obtrusive
  • Handling soft and uninspiring
  • Control interface requires attention
  • Marginal rear headroom, shallow trunk
  • No longer has highest gas mileage


  • 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


  • 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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