The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta is spacious and more cheap than ever. But there's also not a whole lot to help this sedan stand out against other more dynamic rivals. Volkswagen Jetta Diesel offers the following pros: Roomy dashboard and trunk; well-equipped; smart controls interface; economical diesel model. Volkswagen Jetta Diesel drawbacks are: Lackluster dashboard materials; sluggish throttle with automatic; numb steering; wheezy base motor.
The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta is a midsize sedan available in Base, S, SE, SEL and TDI versions. The Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen is reviewed separately, as is the performance-oriented GLI, which is a Volkswagen Jetta fitted with the Gti's sporty hardware.
The Volkswagen Jetta Base is a stripped-down model that comes with 15-inch metal wheels, performance locks and windows, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, height-adjustable front seatings, cloth upholstery and a 60/40 split-folding back bench. The S adds keyless entry, air-conditioning, power/heated mirrors and a four-speaker audio system with a CD player and optional stereo slot. Opting for an S model with a sunroof also gains a front center control panel and cruise control.
The Volkswagen Jetta SE gets a more comprehensive motor, 16-inch metal wheels, cruise control, a front center armrest and cargo compartment, a rear-seat center armrest, a cargo pass-through and luxury vinyl upholstery. The SE Comfort suite adds 16-inch alloy wheels, heated windshield washer nozzles, heated front seatings, a leather-wrapped helm, Bluetooth and a six-speaker audio system with radio and an Ipod interface. A sunroof can be added to the Comfort suite and with it comes a luxury six-speaker audio system with a touchscreen interface, SD memory card reader and a Six-cd changer.
The SEL contains all the Se's auxillary equipment (other than the sunroof, which is a stand-alone option), plus 17-inch alloy wheels, back disc brakes, foglamps, chrome look trim, keyless ignition/entry, manual front bench lumbar adjustment, a trip computer and a navigator.
The Volkswagen Jetta TDI with its turbodiesel motor is equipped similarly to an SE with the Comfort and Sunroof packages. It gets the Sel's back disc brakes and trip computer as well. When equipped with the auxillary navigator, the TDI also gets foglamps, look chrome trim, keyless ignition/entry, manual front bench lumbar adjustment and the touchscreen navigation/stereo interface. .
The all-new 2012 Honda Civic remains a strong contender in the compact vehicle category, but other new models now effectively match the Honda Civic and threaten its conventional dominance in the marketplace. Honda Civic Coupe offers the following pros: Wide variety of powertrains; good fuel efficiency; roomy interior; available coupe body style. Honda Civic Coupe drawbacks are: Excessive wind noise; some affordable dashboard plastics; busy-looking dashboard with navigation.
The 2012 Honda Civic is a compact vehicle provided in both coupe and sedan body styles. Mainstream models are provided in four versions, ranging from the base DX, to the midrange LX and EX and the top-of-the-line EX-L.
Entry-level DX models come equipped with 15-inch metal wheels, auto-off headlights, intermittent windshield wipers, a back window defroster, performance windows, a tilt-and-telescoping helm and a one-piece fold-down back seatback. Stepping up to the LX model gets you more features that consumers expect, including body-color door handles, performance mirrors and door locks, keyless entry, air-conditioning, cruise control, floor mats, steering-wheel-mounted stereo controls and a four-speaker audio system with a CD player and Auxiliary/usb stereo inputs.
A new economical HF sedan starts out with traditional features alike to those of the LX sedan, then adds a few upgrades developed to deliver maximum mpg. These include low-rolling-resistance tires and aerodynamic cast-aluminum wheels, wind-cheating underbody panels and a back spoiler. An ultra-clean Natural Gas model of the Honda Civic will become available from select dealers nationwide later in 2011.
Springing for the EX model gets you 16-inch alloy wheels, back disc brakes, auto-on/off headlights, a sunroof, variable intermittent windshield wipers, 60/40 split-folding back seatbacks, an outside temperature screen, Bluetooth and a luxury seven-speaker audio system. The EX-L model adds leather upholstery, heated front seatings and a leather-wrapped helm. A navigator with voice controls, radio and real-time traffic upgrades is auxillary.
The Honda Civic Hybrid sedan is available in two versions. The base model's list of traditional features is alike to the mainstream EX sedan, with the addition of 15-inch alloy wheels and low-rolling-resistance tires, outside mirrors with inbuilt turn signals, LED taillights, a back spoiler and a 160-watt, six-speaker audio. The top-of-the-line "leather" trim level adds extras found on the regular EX-L including heated mirrors, leather upholstery and heated front seatings.
The sporty Si coupe and sedan come in a single trim level that contains 17-inch alloy wheels, a bigger motor, a limited-slip front differential, a sport-tuned suspension, foglights, front and back spoilers and a chrome exhaust tip. Inside upgrades include most of the items from the EX model's traditional features list plus front sport seatings, a leather-wrapped helm, an aluminum shift knob, red backlit gauges, a special Performance Monitor screen, Bluetooth and a seven-speaker audio system. .