The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta has a fun and fuel-efficient new base engine, a new array of electronic active-safety systems, and the capacious interior and trunk it's boasted since 2011.
It's also head and shoulders above other compacts in handling and roadholding.
We haven't driven the all-new Chevrolet Cruze yet, but the last one was good and this one should be even better.
The Ford Focus has a cramped back seat, but it's fun to drive as well, and it's still neck-and-neck with the latest Jetta infotainment systems.
Both the Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte are appealing and offer good value, but neither is known for handling.
The best on-road driving competitor for the Jetta, in fact, may be the Mazda 3—though its all-but-useless back seat is trounced by the roomy back compartment of the VW.
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|2016 Volkswagen JettaBrowse Used Listings||2016 Chevrolet CruzeBrowse Used Listings||2016 Ford FocusBrowse Used Listings||2016 Hyundai ElantraBrowse Used Listings||2016 Kia ForteBrowse Used Listings||2016 Mazda MAZDA3Browse Used Listings|
|23 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4||Turbocharged Gas I4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Compact Cars||Midsize Cars||Compact Cars||Midsize Cars||Midsize Cars||Compact Cars|
|4-Door Manual 1.4T S||4-Door Sedan Manual L||4-Door Sedan S||4-Door Sedan Manual SE (Alabama Plant)||4-Door Sedan Manual LX||4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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|2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs. 2016 Chevrolet Cruze||2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs. 2016 Ford Focus||2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs. 2016 Hyundai Elantra||2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs. 2016 Kia Forte||2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs. 2016 Mazda MAZDA3|