The latest Jetta outsizes most of its competition and earns better fuel economy in some models, while it misses out on some key new features when compared with other compacts like the Ford Focus, our 2012 Best Car To Buy.
The Focus is entertaining to drive, a bit small inside, but laden with all sorts of features that advance its safety and entertainment without cutting into its zest for the road.
The Hyundai Elantra is another award-winning compact with great value and space, with less a reputation for handling than for great fuel economy in all versions--and now, with coupe and five-door GT models.
The Chevy Cruze also has a high-economy model, clean and elegant looks, and a refined drivetrain, while the new Dodge Dart plays up more racy looks and big interior room over ultimate refinement.
The Kia Forte soldiers on with value and body styles while it awaits a 2014 makeover, but it's still a well-priced offering that's unfortunately a cut below even the Elantra in handling.
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