2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen vs. Its Competition

2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The compact station wagon is almost an extinct species in North America--most carmakers have focused on compact crossovers like the Escape, CR-V and RAV4 instead.

To find a reasonable substitute for the very specific Jetta SportWagen, you might test-drive the Subaru Impreza, offered as a spacious hatchback, and with a frisson of quirky goodness in the form of standard all-wheel drive and a flat-four engine.

The Kia Soul fits a tall-wagon form with cool details and this year, better gas mileage.

The Mazda3 goes in search of 40 mpg EPA ratings with lighter curb weight and more efficient drivetrains, while it keeps its tossable handling.

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The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen isn't exactly like its sedan counterpart--it's noticeably smaller but nicer inside.
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The name rings true: this Kia has a Soul, with fun road manners and tall-wagon practicality baked into its kicky shape.
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With its new Skyactive powertrains, the 2012 Mazda3 is the eco-conscious choice that sure doesn't drive like one.
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Crisply restyled, with higher gas mileage, more space inside, a nicer interior, and all-wheel drive standard, the 2012 Subaru Impreza is a newly compelling compact alternative.
MSRP From   
$20,195$13,900$15,200$17,495
Gas Mileage   
23 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I5Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4
EPA Class   
Small Station WagonsSmall Station WagonCompactCompact Cars
Style Name   
4-Door Manual S5-Door Wagon Manual Base4-Door Sedan Manual i SV4-Door Manual 2.0i
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door5 Door Wagon4 Door SedanSedan
Transmission   
ManualManualManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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