2009 Volkswagen Rabbit vs. Its Competition

2009 Volkswagen Rabbit S

In looking at rivals, it depends on your shopping priorities.

If fuel economy is a concern, the Rabbit is trumped by nearly every other subcompact or compact on the list.

However, for safety features, standard features, or refinement, the Rabbit does well.

The 2009 Toyota Corolla is especially attractive in its top trim level but feels stark in its base trim.

Domestically, the all-new 2009 Ford Focus matches the Rabbit with coupe and sedan body styles, and buyers tend to be attracted to its powerful SYNC entertainment system.

The Mazda3 is the perennial favorite for handling, but it can't match the VW's solid feel, even after a full redesign this year that thoroughly upgrades the interior.

The Honda Civic offers more engine choices than the Rabbit, especially if you're leaning toward the green hybrid or natural gas powertrains, and it has a light, nimble driving demeanor that the Rabbit lacks.

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Quick Specs
8.0
The 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit is a high-quality compact vehicle throughout, though it's not particularly sporty or fuel-efficient.
7.8
The 2009 Toyota Corolla has a split personality: the utilitarian base car and the slightly edgy, expensive Corolla XRS.
7.2
The 2008 Ford Focus isn’t all new, but it is an improvement, and a solid choice if you’re looking for a roomy car that handles well with a base price that starts around $15,000.
7.8
The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
MSRP From    
$16,300$15,350$14,395$13,895$13,010
Gas Mileage    
20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 51 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I5Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
CompactCompactCompactCompactCompact
Style Name    
2-Door HB Manual S PZEV4-Door Sedan Manual (Natl)2-Door Coupe S4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*Classic 4-Door Sedan DX Manual
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
2 Door HB4 Door Sedan2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission    
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual