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4-Door Manual Base
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 S w/Sunroof 24 33 $17,083 $17,795
4-Door Manual SE 23 33 $17,977 $18,725
4-Door Manual SE PZEV 23 33 $17,977 $18,725
4-Door Automatic S w/Sunroof 24 29 $18,139 $18,895
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 TDI 30 42 $21,864 $22,775
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 DSG TDI 30 42 $22,921 $23,875
4-Door Manual TDI w/Premium 30 42 $23,247 $24,215
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
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 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
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4-Door Sedan Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 34 $14,900 $15,200
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 26 36 $15,880 $16,200
2-Door Coupe Manual EX 24 33 $16,380 $17,200
4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 26 36 $16,760 $17,600
5-Door HB EX 26 36 $17,240 $18,100
2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $17,330 $18,200
2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 32 $17,710 $18,600
4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 23 32 $18,190 $19,100
2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 23 31 $18,670 $19,600
5-Door HB SX 23 32 $18,670 $19,600
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,894
$14,900
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,515
$15,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$259 / month
$253 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. The 2012 Kia Forte family of vehicles manages to feel more eager, comfortable, and sophisticated than its sticker price might suggest.
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Fuel Economy
City
24 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
33 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 53.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.2 55.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.1 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 54.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.2 43.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.1 96.8
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 53.0
Second Leg Room (in)
38.1 35.0
Front Head Room (in)
38.2 40.0
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 61.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.5 5.9
Length, Overall (in)
182.2 178.3
Height, Overall (in)
57.2 57.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.6 61.6
Wheelbase (in)
104.4 104.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.0 69.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.7 14.7
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
9.1 x 1.3 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x 0.9 11.0 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 13.7
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.4 14.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.4 33.9
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 2.89
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size
195/65HR15 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
195/65HR15 P195/65R15
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2804 2729
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x 5.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.0 15 x 5.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.7 6.4
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 110
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
125 @ 4000 144 @ 4300
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
115 @ 5200 156 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
33 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
24 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 29
Transmission
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.45 3.30
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.28 1.25
Trans Type
5 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 0.77
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.18 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.95 1.96
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.93 4.33
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.88 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.63
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Jetta Sedan Kia Forte
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
McPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 7
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.5 6.3
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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