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2009 Volkswagen Jetta 2009 Honda Fit 2009 Scion xB
     
4dr Man S Sedan
  • 4dr Man S Sedan
  • 4dr Auto S Sedan
  • 4dr Man SE Sedan
  • 4dr Auto SE Sedan
  • 4dr Man Wolfsburg Sedan
  • 4dr Man TDI Sedan
  • 4dr Man TDI Loyal Sedan
  • 4dr DSG Wolfsburg Sedan
  • 4dr Auto SEL Sedan
  • 4dr DSG TDI Sedan
  • 4dr DSG TDI Loyal Sedan
Manual
  • Manual
  • Automatic
  • Manual Sport
  • Automatic Sport
  • Manual Sport with Navigation
  • Automatic Sport with Navigation
5dr Wgn Man (Natl)
  • 5dr Wgn Man (Natl)
  • 5dr Wgn Man (GS)
  • 5dr Wgn Man (SE)
  • 5dr Wgn Auto (Natl)
  • 5dr Wgn Auto (GS)
  • 5dr Wgn Auto (SE)

Prices

MSRP $17,515 $14,750 $15,750
Invoice $16,863 $14,236 $14,962
Avg. Paid $8,628 $9,035 $9,818

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.9 8.9 8.6
Critics' Rating 9.0 9.8 8.7
Performance 8.4 8.2 7.8
Interior 8.7 9.1 7.6
Operating Cost 8.0 8.4 8.0
Safety 9.0 9.3 9.0
Reliability 2.0 4.0 5.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Great interior quality
  • Many standard interior and safety features
  • Plenty of engine power
  • Large trunk
  • Fun to drive
  • Plenty of passenger space
  • Large, versatile cargo hold
  • Excellent safety and reliability scores
  • Outstanding reliability score
  • Ample cargo space
  • Plenty of standard tech and safety features
  • Good safety ratings
Cons
  • Poor reliability
  • Fuel economy on base model is lower than competitors’
  • Competitors have standard electronic stability control
  • Low-for-the-class gas mileage
  • Noticeable body lean in corners

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I5 2.5L/151 Gas I4 1.5L/91.4 Gas I4 2.4L/144
MPG 21 City / 30 Hwy 27 City / 33 Hwy 22 City / 28 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Sdn 5 Door Hatchback 4 Door Wagon

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 101.5 98.4 102.4
Length, Overall (in) 179.3 161.6 167.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.1 66.7 69.3
Height, Overall (in) 57.4 60.0 64.7

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional
Sunroof Sunshield Optional
Rear Spoiler Optional Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3230 2489 3020

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard
Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Optional Optional Optional
Wheel Locks Optional Optional
Steel Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard Standard Standard

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Optional
Fog Lamps Optional Optional
Interior Cargo Shade Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Optional
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Optional Optional
Rear Floor Mats Optional Optional Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 91 90.8 100.8
Front Head Room (in) 38.5 40.4 40.0
Front Leg Room (in) 41.2 41.3 40.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.8 52.7 55.8
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 51.5 52.7
Second Head Room (in) 37.2 39.0 41.2
Second Leg Room (in) 35.4 34.5 38.0
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.1 51.3 54.7
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 51.3 46.7
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 57.3
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 16.0 21.7

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
Equalizer Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional
Premium Sound System Standard
Entertainment System Optional

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Optional

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Optional Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats Optional
Heated Driver Seat Standard
Heated Passenger Seat Standard
Driver Lumbar Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Optional

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
5 Cylinder Engine Standard
Engine Type Gas I5 Gas I4 Gas I4
Displacement 2.5L/151 1.5L/91.4 2.4L/144
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 170 @ 5700 117 @ 6600 158 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 177 @ 4250 106 @ 4800 162 @ 4000
Transmission Manual w/OD Manual Manual w/OD
Turning diameter 35.8 34.4 34.8

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 27 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 33 28
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 10.6 14.0

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Independent Macpherson strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Torsion beam Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-link

Transmission

Manual Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard Standard Standard