5. 2014 Jetta Hybrid 45 mpg
$25,790 (special order base model; incl. $795 delivery fee)
42 mpg city / 48 mpg hwy / 45 mpg combined
VW has been all about diesels but due to popular demand – and looming efficiency mandates – Volkswagen Group decided to launch the Jetta Hybrid, its first of more gas-electric versions to come.
The compact-class car – the other sedans here are midsized – is distinguished with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission – shiftable via the center shift lever, not paddles. The DCT and chassis tuning make it a semi-sporty hybrid also well suited for any work-a-day driving chores.
The Jetta is the only one here that requires premium gasoline too, so that offsets the value equation further and annual fuel costs could be a couple hundred dollars more than the others.
It is otherwise all Jetta, and benefits from an Americanized facelift given to the line in recent years, which on the other hand makes it blend in more than the boxy Teutonic Jettas from the past. Being compact, it’s less roomy than the other sedans mentioned, but not excessively so.
If you’re actually shopping, you should do yourself a favor and at least go kick its tires, if not ask for a test drive also.