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2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen vs. Its Competition

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The new Dodge Journey is a crossover with an available third-row seat and more storage options than you can count, and it's priced almost exactly in the same range as the VW Jetta wagon.

The Pontiac Vibe and Toyota Corolla Matrix are essentially twins underneath the skin, and though they're smaller than the Jetta, they have decent carrying capacity and an enviable reputation for reliability.

The Chrysler PT Cruiser's been around for a long time, which means it can be had cheaply―and it's probably the cutest vehicle in this bunch.

2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen S2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen2009 Toyota Corolla 2009 Toyota Corolla2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2-door Convertible Front Exterior View2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser
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It's been a long time coming back, but the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen gives crossover buyers something else to consider―and diesel power is on the way.
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The 2009 Toyota Corolla has a split personality: the utilitarian base car and the slightly edgy, expensive Corolla XRS.
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The 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser convertible gets the axe midway through 2008, so if you want one, act quickly, but the wagon is here if you need flexible utility with retro flair.
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$19,075Browse Used Listings$15,350Browse Used Listings$15,970Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage  
20 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Gas I5Gas I4Gas I4
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Style Name  
4-Door Manual S PZEV4-Door Sedan Manual (Natl)4-Door Wagon
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
4 Door4 Door SedanSmall Station Wagon
ManualManual w/ODManual w/OD
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