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||2009 Toyota Corolla||2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser|
|$19,075Browse Used Listings||$15,350Browse Used Listings||$15,970Browse Used Listings|
|20 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I5||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|4-Door Manual S PZEV||4-Door Sedan Manual (Natl)||4-Door Wagon|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door Sedan||Small Station Wagon|
|Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|