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Selected Style 2013 Volkswagen Jetta 4-Door Sedan Manual LX
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 34 $15,100 $15,400
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 26 36 $16,080 $16,400
2-Door Coupe Manual EX 24 33 $16,570 $17,400
4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 26 36 $16,950 $17,800
5-Door HB EX 26 36 $17,430 $18,300
2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $17,520 $18,400
2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 32 $17,900 $18,800
4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 23 32 $18,380 $19,300
2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 23 31 $18,860 $19,800
5-Door HB SX 23 32 $18,860 $19,800
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TCC’s Bottom Line The Jetta draws drivers looking for a taut driving feel and delivers superior interior space; we'd pass on the low-cost base models, and aim for the standout TDI and GLI editions. It's a family affair: the Kia Forte lineup is more comfortable, more eager, and better finished than ever, and a step up from what its sticker price might suggest.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City N/A mpg 25 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway N/A mpg 34 mpg
EPA Classification Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in) 40.000
Second Hip Room (in) 53.300
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.700
Passenger Volume (ft³) 96.800
Second Head Room (in) 37.600
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.700
Front Leg Room (in) 43.300
Passenger Capacity 5
Front Hip Room (in) 53.000
Second Leg Room (in) 35.000
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 61.300
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.900
Length, Overall (in) 178.300
Height, Overall (in) 57.500
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.600
Wheelbase (in) 104.300
Liftover Height (in) - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.900
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 14.700
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13.700
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.200
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 33.900
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.890
Rear Tire Order Code - TBD -
Front Tire Size P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code - TBD -
Rear Tire Size P195/65R15
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2729
Spare Wheel Material - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 5.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 5.5
Front Wheel Material Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 6.400
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 144 @ 4300
Engine Order Code NA
Displacement 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 156 @ 6200
Engine Type Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.630
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.300
Clutch Size (in) - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.250
Trans Type 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.770
Trans Description Cont. Again NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.580
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.960
Trans Order Code NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.330
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.970
Trans Description Cont. Manual
Vehicle Name Kia Forte
Body Style 4 Door Sedan
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.4
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 8
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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