2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI - Volkswagen Sedan Review - Automobile Magazine
The new Jetta TDI (turbocharged direct injection) achieves 41 mpg – the same fuel economy as the diminutive Smart, and since it’s essentially the same Jetta you’re leasing now, it seats five comfortably, has a huge trunk, and drives with all that German-engineered sportiness.

With the economy on the verge of melting down, fuel prices at outrageous levels, and global warming threatening to torch your prized rhododendrons, it might be wise to look for a more economical car when the lease on your current Volkswagen Jetta ends. You could replace your Jetta with a Smart ForTwo, use about a third less fuel, and drive around with a smug smile on your face in the belief that your little car is saving the world. Then again, you’d have to throw out your significant other, find a new home for the dog, and sell the kids, because the Smart isn’t big enough to carry all of you. Oh, the dilemma.

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2009 Suzuki Grand Vitara JX Review

When the Grand Vitara was redesigned for the 2006 model year, the 4-cylinder Vitara bit the dust. Suzuki’s compact SUV was left with only one engine which was shared with the old XL7. For a few years, it was sufficient. Now, as SUV owners are downsizing, 4-cylinder trucks are the new trend. Toyota’s RAV4, Ford’s Escape and Mazda’s Tribute have all received engine upgrades for 2009, so Suzuki didn’t have much choice but to follow suit. And the Grand Vitara actually gets two new engines for 2009, a four and a more-powerful six.

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