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Road trip car with great fuel economy
2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI © Volkswagen

Road trip car with great fuel economy

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI
  • Starting price: $21,395

If fuel economy is the top concern on your road trip, driving a clean-diesel car will allow you to save money without driving a tiny econobox.

In fact, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI is as roomy as a compact SUV and gets up to 43 highway mpg. It is powered by a new, 150-horsepower turbocharged, direct-injected clean-diesel engine.

Don't let the Golf name fool you -- the Golf SportWagen is larger than the Jetta SportWagen it replaced, boasting terrific head, leg and shoulder room for rear-seat passengers and a trunk that has 30.4 cubic feet standard and 66.5 cubic feet of storage when the rear seat is fully folded.

New available comfort and convenience features include a 12-way power driver's seat, automatic air conditioning, Fender Premium Audio System and a unique infotainment system with a proximity sensor that senses a hand approaching and automatically switches to a finger-friendly layout. Standard safety features include six air bags and electronic stability control, as well as the new automatic post-collision braking system.

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