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2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan vs. Its Competition

 
2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
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The latest VW Jetta has a dual mission: to win over compact buyers with its super size and newly trim base price, and to keep Volkswagen fans in the fold with the alterna-flavored GLI and TDI models.

The problem: inexpensive compacts like the Kia Forte and Hyundai Elantra that offer much more in the way of bargain pricing and features, and even reputations for durability, with admittedly much less driving excitement factored in the sticker price.

The Jetta's a lot like the Suzuki Kizashi, an almost invisible entry in the segment with available all-wheel drive and a suave interior, but not much outright performance and a perception that it's smaller inside than it really is.

The next size class above the Jetta pits the VW against cars like the 35-mpg Hyundai Sonata, the wildly styled, psychographic opposite to the calm, collected German, and the Subaru Legacy, a big sedan that bests the Jetta for interior room and equals its sure-footed feel.

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7.8
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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.
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The 2012 Hyundai Elantra has officially left the Civic and Corolla in the dust, thanks to a 38-mpg gas mileage rating, a sleek look, and tremendous value for the money.
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After more than a decade on the market, the latest Hyundai Sonata's an overnight success--thanks to great gas mileage, grabby styling, and exceptional value for the dollar.
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The 2012 Kia Forte family of vehicles manages to feel more eager, comfortable, and sophisticated than its sticker price might suggest.
8.2
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If you're looking for a sophisticated, well-equipped sporty sedan that's a lot of car for the money, you should definitely check out the 2012 Suzuki Kizashi.
MSRP From    
$15,515$15,345$19,795$15,200$18,999
Gas Mileage    
23 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy
Engine    
N/AGas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
N/AMidsize carsLarge CarsCompact CarsCompact
Style Name    
4-Door Automatic SEL4-Door Sedan Manual GLS (Alabama Plant)4-Door Sedan 2.4L Manual GLS4-Door Sedan Manual LX4-Door Sedan Manual FWD S
Drivetrain    
N/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
N/A5555
Passenger Doors    
N/A4N/AN/A4
Body Style    
N/A4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission    
N/AManualManualManualManual

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