The VW Jetta boasts great interior space and excellent handling, but falls behind compacts like the Ford Focus in features.
Our Best Car To Buy 2012, the Focus is a bit small in the back seat, but it's hugely entertaining to drive, and can be crammed full of the safety and infotainment features almost completely absent from the Jetta. 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 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 Kia Forte is new this year, and much more appealing and capable, but it's suffered a poor crash-test score from the IIHS.
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