Which high mileage, all-wheel-drive car should I replace my Jetta TDI with?

I need to replace my 2004 Jetta TDI with 230,000 miles. I would like a car with high mpg, good handling like a Jetta, but with all-wheel drive. I don't have any other requirements. What do you suggest?

Brenda B., Sunapee, N.H.

The most gas-friendly all-wheel-drive cars similar to the Jetta’s size are the 2010 Subaru Impreza 2.5i and 2010 Suzuki SX4. The Subaru’s mileage ratings are 20/27 mpg city/highway with manual transmission and 20/26 mpg for the automatic. The Suzuki’s ratings are 22/30 mpg for the manual and 23/29 mpg for the automatic.


Fuel efficiency and all-wheel drive don’t go hand-in-hand, so you’re not going to match the gas mileage of your TDI in an all-wheel-drive car. The 2004 TDI’s fuel economy ratings are 32/42 mpg city/highway for the manual and 28/39 mpg for the automatic.

The 2010 Jetta TDI would be a familiar replacement. It’s not all-wheel drive but you can always invest in a set of winter tires for the snowy seasons. For more information about winter tires, see our Tires and Tread Advice section, here.

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Answered by Joe Bruzek on November 11, 2009 in Green/Hybrid Cars , Subaru , Subaru Impreza , Suzuki , Suzuki SX4 , What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

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