Compare 2008 Toyota Prius vs 2001 Volkswagen Jetta

2008 Toyota Prius
2001 Volkswagen Jetta
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5-Door HB Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door HB Base 48 45 $20,210 $21,500
5-Door HB 48 45 $21,064 $22,875
5-Door HB Touring 48 45 $21,816 $23,770
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4-Door Sedan Manual GL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual GL 24 31 $15,228 $16,700
4-Door Sedan Automatic GL 22 29 $16,092 $17,575
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 24 31 $16,087 $17,650
4-Door Sedan TDI Manual GL 42 49 $16,764 $17,995
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 22 29 $16,951 $18,525
4-Door Wagon Manual GLS 24 31 $16,944 $18,600
4-Door Sedan TDI Manual GLS 42 49 $17,414 $18,700
4-Door Sedan TDI Automatic GL 34 45 $17,913 $19,180
4-Door Sedan Turbo Manual GLS 25 31 $17,486 $19,200
4-Door Sedan GLS Wolfsburg 25 31 $17,713 $19,450
4-Door Wagon Automatic GLS 22 29 $17,808 $19,475
4-Door Sedan TDI Automatic GLS 34 45 $18,565 $19,885
4-Door Sedan V6 Manual GLS 19 28 $18,164 $19,950
4-Door Sedan Turbo Automatic GLS 23 29 $18,350 $20,075
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic GLS 19 26 $19,028 $20,825
4-Door Wagon V6 Manual GLS 19 28 $19,022 $20,900
4-Door Wagon V6 Automatic GLS 19 26 $19,886 $21,775
4-Door Sedan V6 Manual GLX 19 28 $22,094 $24,300
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic GLX 19 26 $22,958 $25,175
4-Door Wagon V6 Manual GLX 19 28 $23,087 $25,400
4-Door Wagon V6 Automatic GLX 19 26 $23,951 $26,275
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,210
$15,228
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,500
$16,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$358 / month
$278 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Toyota Prius isn’t that entertaining a car to drive, but it delivers exceptional fuel economy and a roomy interior.
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Fuel Economy
City
48 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
45 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-size Compact
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.9 52.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 41.3
Front Hip Room (in)
51.0 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
38.6 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 38.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.2 88
Second Hip Room (in)
51.6 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.0 53.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.3 37.2
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
58.7 56.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.3 58.8
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 98.9
Liftover Height (in)
26.2 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.9 68.3
Track Width, Front (in)
59.3 - TBD -
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.6 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
175.0 172.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
14.4 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- TBD - -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 13.0
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 9.1 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Regenerative Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
7.9 x 1.2 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.0 x 0.9 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel Four-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
11.9 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.1 35.8
Steering Type
Pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
4.0 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 - 18.3 15.6
Tires
Spare Tire Size
T125/70D16 P195/65HR15
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P185/65R15 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P185/65R15 P195/65HR15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2932 2853
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.2 5.8
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
272 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
6.5 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
EFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
82 @ 4200/295 @ 0 - 1200 122 @ 2600
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.5L/91 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
76 @ 5000/67 @ 1200 - 1540 115 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas/Electric I4 Gas I4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
45 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
48 24
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.93 4.24
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
CVT Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 3.78
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.36
Trans Type
1 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
Automatic NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front-Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.06
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.12
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
5 Door Liftback 4 Door Sedan GL
Vehicle Name
Toyota Prius Volkswagen Jetta
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer bar Torsion-Beam
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
25 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.83 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Stabilizer bar MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
30.2 - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.79 - TBD -

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