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Selected Style 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 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
4-Door Sedan Manual LX
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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
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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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
Fuel Economy - City 24 mpg 25 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 33 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors 4 -
EPA Classification Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
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
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 53.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.2 55.7
Second Head Room (in) 37.1 37.6
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Front (in) 60.7 61.3
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.5 5.9
Length, Overall (in) 182.2 178.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 15.7 14.7
Brakes
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 -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 13.7
Steering
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 -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.4 14.2
Tires
Spare Tire Size NA - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size 195/65HR15 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size 195/65HR15 P195/65R15
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2804 2729
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.0 15 x 5.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material NA - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 6.0 15 x 5.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.7 6.4
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 140 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 550
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 115 @ 5200 156 @ 6200
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 125 @ 4000 144 @ 4300
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.0L/121 2.0L/122
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 24 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 28 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 33 34
Transmission
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
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.93 4.33
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.88 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.63
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
Summary
Vehicle Name Volkswagen Jetta Sedan Kia Forte
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
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
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.5 6.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 7
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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