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.
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.
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.
Can Honda Fit Beat Prius? 2008 Honda Fit vs. 2008 Toyota Prius
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Consider this: The 2008 Toyota Prius base model costs 50 percent more than
the 2008 Honda Fit base model. Then again, the Prius is 50 percent more
fuel-efficient than the Fit when you look at the EPA's figure for combined
mpg. So how does this add up?
You could save $8,425 right now by buying a $15,420 Honda Fit instead of
the $23,845 Toyota Prius. Of course, if the price of gasoline goes higher,
then the Prius with its EPA combined estimate of 46 mpg will pay you back
for your investment sooner than you'd expect. Then again, the Fit with its
EPA combined estimate of 30 mpg doesn't carry the same penalty of higher
financing charges, insurance costs and taxes as the more expensive Prius,
plus the Toyota will be needing a new $2,585 battery pack when the odometer
shows 100,000-150,000 miles.
Which car is best? It sounds like the kind of question for one of those
money magazines. Yes, we've painted ourselves into a bit of a
projected-cost corner with this comparison of the base models of the 2008
Honda Fit and 2008 Toyota Prius, but we think we can get out without
stepping on too much wet paint
SEMA: Volkswagen Jetta and Passat R GT
Go to MYRIDE.COM for more car videos.Performance tuners are drawn to
platforms that capably support increased engine power and that also accept
complementary upgrades to such other elements as brakes and suspension.
Volkswagens platforms have fulfilled those needs for generations, but never
have the worlds of the showroom stock vehicle and the highly modified
aftermarket special been as close as they are now. Personalizing a
Volkswagen begins as early as the first visit to the dealer, as
demonstrated by the 2006 Jetta 2.0T and 2006 Passat 2.0T on display. Each
was modified inside and out using Genuine Volkswagen Accessories and shows
how the enthusiast, at the time of purchase, can order an even more
appealing platform for subsequent upgrades.
2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid vs Toyota Prius Mashup Review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The brand new 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid gets
45 MPG combined according to VW, while the current generation of the iconic
Toyota Prius gets 50 MPG combined according to the EPA. So if you are
considering buying a hybrid car the Prius is the clear winner...at least
when it comes to fuel economy. But of course fuel efficiency is not the
only criteria that new car buyers use to purchase a new car. In this video
review we compare the new VW Jetta hybrid to the best selling Prius to see
which of the two fuel sipping cars is the best buy.
2011 Volkswagen Jetta: bigger better cheaper
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) Chances are that you probably know a friend who
at one point in their lives has owned a Volkswagen Jetta. And chances atre
pretty good that owner might even be you or someone in your family. So when
it came time for Volkswagen to update the the Jetta, the company used a
tried and true American formula for success...male it bigger, better and
2008 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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Jetta TDI vs Hybrid, 1 tank to San Francisco Challenge
Matthew Welch, GM of Auburn VW believes in his New Jetta TDI so much that
he's accepted the challenge of pitting his car against the Toyota Prius for
fuel economy supremacy. He and a film crew will fill the tanks of both a
New Volkswagen Jetta TDI and the Toyota Prius in Auburn Washington.
They'll attempt to drive them both to San Francisco without stopping at a
single gas station to fill up, all under the watchful eye of the film crew
documenting everything. Which one will make the whole journey? Will either
of them even make it?
Tank Smashes Prius! Toyota Prius Battles AMC Gremlin & Suffers Crushing Defeat - Roadkill Ep. 17
On this episode of Roadkill, a tank squashes a Prius to smithereens! It
runs over that junk without even noticing. That's all you really need to
know about this episode of Roadkill, but if you jump straight to the tank
carnage you'll miss a bunch of cool stuff. Like when Freiburger and
Finnegan attempt a shootout between a Toyota Prius hybrid and a '75 AMC
Gremlin, trying to prove that the Gremmie is more of a greenie. It was all
fun and games until the Prius engine let go on the race track in a ball of
flame. Because Roadkill. After that, you've gotta see the guys once again
embrace their own Kryptonite: flat-towing. Yup, as it turns out, dragging a
dead Prius with a lighter, smaller Gremlin ends real badly. But in the end,
the Prius is wafer thin and the Gremlin's still on the road. Still want to
jump right to the tank smash? Don't be that guy.
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