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7 roomy cars for Black Friday shopping

Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI
  • Price: $27,350
  • Maximum cargo space: 66.9 cubic feet
  • Gas mileage:
    • City - 29 mpg
    • Highway - 39 mpg
    • Combined - 33 mpg

Reflecting the premium required for alternative-fuel technology, the SportWagen TDI leads this pack in fuel economy. Its 2-liter, four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel produces 140 horsepower that travels to the front wheels via a six-speed, driver-shiftable automatic transmission. The SportWagen kicks the stuffing out of the idea that wagons are boring.

Just as it sits in the middle of this group of cars for maximum cargo room, its 32.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat is also about average. Passengers will like the amount of available elbow room. The leatherette seating surfaces are good enough to fool some into thinking it's real leather. Standard equipment includes a 115-volt household power outlet, backup camera and heated outboard mirrors.

Standard is a 10-speaker surround-sound audio system with satellite radio and touch-screen control.

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