2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle: Roadtrippin'

October 24, 2012


Last night I wasn't looking forward to the drive to Lancaster, California, after just getting off a flight from Portland. But it was either spend the night up there or wake up at the ass-crack of dawn to get up to The Streets of Willow from L.A. in time for our annual driving school's 7am call time. So I have to say that I was more than a little relieved that Mike Schmidt, keeper of the keys, left the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle for me. A fun, no-brainer car with power, it's just what I needed to stay awake for the late-night 70-mile run.

The automatic with paddle shifters made the bits of traffic on the Hollywood freeway leaving town bearable. I just sat back and enjoyed the journey. Only minor issues are the fact that this car doesn't have satellite or navigation. Yeah, I'm totally spoiled, but when you're driving out in the middle of the desert, these things are just nice to have. I made do with the Scan feature of the FM radio and it was fine.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 6,525 miles

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