The Ford Fusion is a slight step up in size; it has a nicely creased style, available all-wheel drive, and a big V-6 engine, though its base four-cylinder engine is just fine.
It shares some running gear with the Mazda6, which gets a new rounded style for 2009, as well as a more refined interior.
The Honda Civic is also a close competitor, but it’s not as handsome as the Jetta.
It does offer a coupe body style, a hybrid version, and a natural-gas drivetrain, as well as a better reputation for reliability.
Another rival is the Impreza, which comes as a roomy sedan, with a comfortable ride and good handling; all-wheel drive is standard on the Impreza.
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|20 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||26 MPG City / 51 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I5||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|4-Door Manual S PZEV||4-Door Sedan I4 S FWD||4-Door Sedan Manual i SV||Classic 4-Door Sedan DX Manual|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sdn||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual|