Volkswagen Jetta TDI
- Price: $24,725
- Gas mileage: 30 mpg city/42 mpg highway
If you are looking for excellent fuel economy in a fun-to-drive package, Jetta fits the bill, with a 140-horsepower, 2-liter turbo-diesel engine. You can get it with a slick-shifting, six-speed manual transmission, but Bankrate priced it here with the available six-speed, driver-shiftable automatic tranny.
Jetta has great handling as it takes corners with asphalt-grabbing tenacity. Still, Jetta is about more than brawn. Consumer Reports features it on its "recommended" list.
It has a few less frills than a couple other cars on this list, but still comes with a trip computer, Bluetooth connectivity, six-speaker audio system with satellite radio capability and iPod interface, as well as a six-month subscription to VW Car-Net, with connected safety, navigation and concierge services.