The 2011 VW Jetta has a foot in two worlds: it wants to be tight and inexpensive like some compact cars, but roomy and a great value like some mid-size sedans.
VW says the Honda Civic is a prime target, and the current Civic has a few Achilles heels, from the relative lack of interior space designed in with its steep windshield, to its overly busy instruments and cockpit.
The new Kia Forte nearly hits the Jetta’s space specs, and outdoes its features list with thousands of dollars to spare, but it’s nowhere near as sweet-handling even with a full independent suspension.
Three other cars we’d suggest you drive along with the Jetta are the Kizashi, a compact with great handling and refinement but a marked lack of marketing personality; the Hyundai Sonata, which has a huge front seat and loads of features for a base price under $20,000; and finally the Subaru Legacy, which occupies some of the Jetta’s demographics and handles almost as well—while it also adds much more interior space and flatter, more responsive handling.
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|23 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas Flat 4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|Compact||Large Cars||Compact Cars||Compact||Compact||Compact|
|4dr Manual||4dr Sedan 2.4L Man GLS *Ltd Avail*||4dr Sedan Man LX||4dr Sedan H4 Man 2.5i||4dr Sedan Man FWD S||4dr Man DX|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual|