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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|2009 Volkswagen RabbitBrowse Used Listings||2009 Toyota CorollaBrowse Used Listings||2008 Ford FocusBrowse Used Listings||2008 Mazda MAZDA3Browse Used Listings||2004 Honda Civic ClassicBrowse Used Listings|
|20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||26 MPG City / 51 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I5||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|2-Door HB Manual S PZEV||4-Door Sedan Manual (Natl)||2-Door Coupe S||4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*||Classic 4-Door Sedan DX Manual|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|2 Door HB||4 Door Sedan||2 Door Coupe||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual|