Jetta Takes on Prius: Toyota Prius vs. VW Jetta TDI Diesel
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We were locked in mortal combat, just as adrenaline-addled Leonidas and hubris-filled Xerxes met at the Battle of Thermopylae, when a relative handful of highly specialized Spartans held off a seemingly bottomless torque-pit of Persians for seven excruciating days.
Here we have the 2009 Toyota Prius gasoline-electric hybrid, embodying up-to-the-minute fuel-sipping methods and machinery intended to take us immaculately into a spotless future. In the other lane, the newly introduced 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI turbodiesel, a rolling relic of tried-and-true yester-tech locomotion (upon whose sooty breath the Industrial Revolution itself was built) that has been remastered, reengineered and reintroduced to be meaner, cleaner and more efficient than ever.
But the battle left us weary — done in by the struggle and tired of each other like Siamese twins on prom night.
WRX Takes On Ralliart: Subaru vs. Mitsubishi
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Stuff the 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX into a corner, and you know it deserves a
rematch with the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart.
It's no less refined than the 2008 WRX, but it goes in without paralyzing
understeer and doesn't keel over as soon as you load the outside tires.
Provoke it and you'll get some attitude. When you're back on the throttle
hard at the exit, there's no rush to grab 3rd gear. Rescued from last
year's rev-starved funk, the 2.5-liter boxer-4 engine wants to see its
6,500-rpm redline again.
Most important, the 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX isn't trying so hard to
distance you from the drive. It rewards your efforts in the cockpit — one
of the things that made the previous-generation WRX so likable.
Probably this is also why the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart is so
involving to drive. Introduced last summer, this Lancer Ralliart is the
long-awaited head-on challenge to the WRX dynasty and it kicked the 2008
WRX while it was down. Even compared to the 2009 WRX, Mitsubishi's Ralliart
is a flashier package. It has mechanical limited-slip differentials both
front and rear, a very neat automated dual-clutch gearbox, Recaro seats and
the schnoz of a tiger shark. Evo Jr. has a nice stiff chassis, too.
If the homely gray Subaru has any shot at winning here, it will have to do
more with less.
VW R32 Rips It Up @ the Track
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You climb out of Bakersfield and go up the slope of the Sierra Nevada on
California Highway 178 and the road wanders past Lake Isabella and through
the Sequoia National Forest before emptying into the red expanse of the
Mojave Desert. The high-speed sweepers flatter both the 2008 Volkswagen R32
and the driver holding its flat-bottom steering wheel.
Nothing seduces like flattery. You might even think the VW R32 is the last
car you'll ever need to buy.
Impreza WRX STi for Cops? Subaru Impreza Specialty Cars @ 2009 CAS
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Subaru has built a custom 2009 Impreza WRX STI for factory rally team
driver Travis Pastrana in celebration of his third Rally America National
Championship. You can see the car at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show, with
Pastrana himself expected to make an appearance February 14 and 15 to sign
Pastrana's new ride uses a combination of custom-made parts and accessories
from both Subaru Performance Tuning and Subaru Tecnica International. To
improve handling, Subaru has added an SPT front strut tower brace and SPT
lower chassis brace. The stock 305-horsepower STI engine
receives a performance Boost from a
tuned ECU and custom downpipe. An STI short-throw shifter is connected to
the six-speed gearbox.
This special 2009 Subaru WRX STI also receives a custom carbon-fiber hood
and rear spoiler along with a chin spoiler, mesh grille and Exhaust finishers sold as STI accessories.
Biggie-size BF Goodrich G-Force Super Sport A/S 275/35ZR18 tires are
wrapped around 18-inch Work Evolution XD-9 wheels finished in custom satin
black. PIAA high-intensity discharge headlights, mud flaps and decals
complete the rally look.
The interior upholstery is done in blue Alcantara trimmed in yellow piping.
Custom yellow stitching also adds accents to the steering wheel, shifter
boot and brake lever boot. Carbon fiber-patterned trim adorns the dash,
doors and console. The STI's very basic stock sound system has been
replaced with Kicker speakers, amplifiers and a 10-inch subwoofer. Subaru
has also tucked an Xbox 360 underneath the passenger seat and connected it
to the Eclipse head unit.
Fast Diesel? VW Touareg TDI @ the Track
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Diesels are finally here, sort of. Now that we have the low-sulfur fuel,
manufacturers have responded with vehicles that even the great state of
California will allow on its hallowed highways.
Trouble is, these vehicles aren't exactly cheap. Case in point: the 2009
Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI. It starts at nearly $43K, which is over $3,000
more than the base V6. And as the numbers below attest, it's not exactly
the fastest SUV we've ever tested.
That said, the diesel engine works well in the Touareg, doling out torque
right when you need a stiff push in the back. It's quiet, too, and
according to the EPA it will return 25 mpg on the highway. See what our
road test editor thought about what it can do at the test track after the
2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Vs. 2012 Toyota Prius
The Ultimate Commuter Car Shootout.
Fuel economy numbers are often little more than a lie printed on a piece of
paper and stuck to a car's window. That said, they can be terribly
misleading in the hunt for a fuel-efficient commuter car.
Whether you're motivated by ambition to save the environment or the simple
desire to visit the gas pump less often, two hypermiling machines stand out
above the rest, and not just for their impressive fuel economy claims
either, but because unlike nearly every other car on the market, they
exceed the already impressive EPA rated figures. These two cars are the
Volkswagen Jetta TDI and the Toyota Prius.
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Volkswagen TDI's Cold Start, Or Not
After 4 days of sitting and a few nights of -25 I thought we would see if
the VW's would start, They are extremely reliable cars but like any diesel
winter and starting do not go along. I didnt push them simply because I did
not want to kill the battery. 2001 golf tdi with 315000km's and 2003 jetta
2010 VW Golf TDI
Cars.com's Mike Hanley takes a look at the 2010 VW Golf TDI. It competes
with the Mazda Mazda3 hatchback, Honda Fit and Mini Cooper.
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Volkswagen Jetta Review - Kelley Blue Book
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Volkswagen Jetta. The concept of German engineering might seem like a
simple marketing ploy but there is actually something to it. Driving
privileges for Germanys fabled autobahn arent limited to the fastest, most
expensive cars. Relatively inexpensive cars like the Volkswagen Jetta
travel the autobahn, too.
Welcome to our comprehensive Kelley Blue Book review of the Volkswagen
Unsurprisingly, the same engineering philosophy that makes the Volkswagen
Jetta suitable for the autobahn also makes it pretty darn fun to drive.
America car buyers have known this ever since the Jetta was introduced to
the US in 1980. Now in its fifth generation, the Jetta continues to offer
German style and handling at a price accessible to the common man.
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This is for all the idiots out there that belong on the bus, get off the
road, and stay off if you can not stop your car.
I love this, some on here comment on me wearing a facemask, now really, if
you saw my face would it really matter? Like any of you know who I am
anyways, show your face mother-fuckers.
Second, the f-bombs are on purpose, do you really think I talk like this on
a daily basis? I have said time and time again, I was going for 45 of them
to match my mpg. Learn to read you bunch of tools.