A brand new addition to the Jetta lineup for 2013, the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid sips fuel while providing the same amount of power as a five-cylinder gas-powered Jetta—though this economy comes at a higher price.
Using a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor and mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission, the hybrid produces a healthy 170 horsepower and returns 42 mpg city and 48 mpg highway.
Adding fuel efficiency without losing power gives the hybrid Jetta obvious advantages over the standard model. But there's a catch: the Hybrid adds more than $8,000 to the price of a conventional Jetta. This means VW's fuel-efficient compact sedan may fall outside the price range of many shoppers.
The Jetta Hybrid offers an open cabin with plenty of rear legroom—adults will be comfortable. Volkswagen has taken flack, though, for cheap interior materials that don't live up to the brand's previous high-quality standard. The trunk remains spacious, even with the hybrid's motor's battery pack.