2015 Volkswagen Jetta Starts at $17,035

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Volkswagen's refreshed 2015 Jetta starts at $17,035 (all prices include destination). That's up $520 over the 2014 model; the 2015 should be in dealerships by the end of September. The starting price gets you a 2.0-liter four-cylinder base model with a five-speed manual transmission and power windows and locks but no air conditioning or radio. Some dealers will stock them, VW spokesman Mark Gillies told us, but "it's a relatively small percentage of the mix." That's been the case for the base Jetta in recent years.

Related: 2015 Volkswagen Jetta: First Look

For most Jetta shoppers, the effective base model at dealerships is a stick-shift Jetta 2.0L S ($18,145), which adds air conditioning and a CD stereo plus Bluetooth, steering-wheel audio controls, cruise control and keyless entry. A six-speed automatic runs $19,245.

By Kelsey Mays | August 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

Cars.com's Top 10 Fun-to-Drive Fuel Sippers

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When I was 10, my dad set me and a go-kart loose in an abandoned parking lot, free to zip around the blacktop. At that age, you don't give a thought to how much gas costs; it's all about the fun. At this age, however, fuel economy is a big consideration when it comes to buying a car, but it doesn't have to trump the fun-to-drive factor.

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There are plenty of cars that offer both fun and fuel savings, from affordable subcompacts and gas-electric hybrids to pricier luxury cars and diesel-powered vehicles. To qualify for this list, a car has to have an EPA combined rating of 30 mpg, while bringing out the inner go-kart-loving kid in all of us:

By Jennifer Geiger | June 9, 2014 | Comments (9)

2014 BMW 328d Review

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"The 2014 BMW 328d clean-diesel does a great job of delivering both excellent fuel economy and the BMW driving experience, but it sacrifices some in-cabin tranquility," said Cars.com Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder. Check out the review for more.

2014 BMW 328d Expert Review

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By Jennifer Geiger | May 12, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 BMW 328d Wagon: Car Seat Check

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When BMW's compact wagon showed up in our test car fleet, several parents on staff got excited — very excited. The pricey 328 didn't quite live up to their expectations, however. For our Car Seat Check, we tested the 328 in diesel trim and were pleased with its accessible Latch anchors but not impressed by the amount of room the wagon offered for our rear-facing infant seat.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Geiger | May 8, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Audi A3 TDI Sportback: First Look

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Competes with: Mercedes-Benz CLA250, Buick Verano, Acura ILX Hybrid

Looks like: Every other Audi, only smaller

Powertrains: 150-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel; six-speed S tronic automatic transmission; front-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Summer 2015

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Audi's expansion of its entry-level A3 lineup continues with the announcement at the 2014 New York International Auto Show that the company will be bringing the A3 Sportback TDI diesel to the U.S. next summer. It will join the A3 sedan currently on sale, the A3 Cabriolet, TDI diesel sedan, Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid and S3 high-performance sedan, all arriving between now and summer 2015.

By Aaron Bragman | April 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Audi Q5 TDI Video

Audi adds a diesel version to the Q5's lineup for 2014, and the new TDI model has plenty of pep and is thrifty at the pump, says Cars.com reviewer David Thomas. Sport mode makes driving fun, Thomas says, and a pleasant cabin should keep everyone happy. Check out the video above for more.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Audi A7 Cars.com Review

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The Audi A7 TDI offers a winning combination of beauty, speed and efficiency says Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman, but one thing it definitely isn't is affordable. The swoopy sedan's base price went up considerably for 2014, and the new TDI model adds even more of a premium. Is it worth it, and how do competitors measure up? Check out the review below.  

2014 Audi A7 Review

By Jennifer Geiger | January 6, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Audi Q5 TDI: Family Review Checklist

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In all aspects of my daily driving needs, the 2014 Audi Q5 TDI worked for me and my family of four. The compact crossover indulged the race-car driver in me, as well as my practical kid-chauffeur. While it's more sporty than posh, I felt spoiled during my weeklong test drive.

But wait, doesn't TDI mean it's some sort of diesel contraption? Yes, it's a diesel, and it packs a punch in the get-up-and-go department. The 240-horsepower, turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6 makes 428 pounds-feet of torque. It's a beast and I couldn't help but lead foot it everywhere I went. Despite my spirited driving, I managed to average 27.4 mpg during my weeklong test drive; that's right on track with the EPA's 24/31/27 mpg city/highway/combined.

The clean-diesel engine wasn't loud, but I still turned it off in the drive-through; I didn't find the engine noisy from inside the Q5, either. The Q5 handles like a dream. There was hardly any body roll; the braking was spot on, and steering was solid.

By Sara Lacey | December 6, 2013 | Comments (14)

2014 Chevrolet Cruze: Family Review Checklist

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The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze worked for my family of four, as long as there were no surprises, but life is full of them. During my weeklong test drive of the Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, there were instances that highlighted the Cruze's lack of flexibility.

During my time in the Cruze, I had a family emergency that required taking an older adult to the hospital. The Cruze's low roofline made getting in it difficult, and I hated even thinking about taking the Cruze for the emergency-room run. So, I didn't use the sedan. I also didn't drive the Cruze when my son and his friend decided to go to an ice rink. Both of them, my daughter, their two hockey bags and sticks didn't come close to fitting in the Cruze.

I did drive the Cruze diesel for errands and meeting up with friends. The 2014 Cruze's 151-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel engine makes 264 pounds-feet of torque. It was plenty powerful on the highway and city streets, though I had to work with the throttle. The Cruze diesel gets an EPA-estimated 27/46/33 mpg city/highway/combined. In my test drive, I averaged 36.4 mpg, beating the EPA's combined number. From the driver's seat, it's difficult to hear the clean-diesel engine, but in the drive-through lane I usually turned the Cruze off to prevent issues with my order due to the somewhat loud engine noise outside the car.

By Sara Lacey | November 29, 2013 | Comments (3)

Video: Diesel Pump Anxiety

Forget range anxiety. Whenever I pull into a gas station with a diesel-powered car, I cringe and wait for the inevitable admonishment: "Wait! That pump is diesel!" exclaims the gas station attendant over the intercom. Imagine his surprise when I explain that I'm in the right place with my Chevrolet Cruze, Volkswagen Jetta or Audi A8.

Apparently Audi has also picked up on this trend, and has taken it to hilarious heights in a new ad. Watch the video above.

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By Jennifer Geiger | October 14, 2013 | Comments (4)

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