Fuel economy (mostly smaller town and
highway) averages mid to high 40s in
winter, to 49-53 mpg in summer. Fuel
economy appears to be 5-10% higher
this year than last year, when car was
new. Recent trip from Tulsa, OK to
mid-KY used 13.3 gallons of fuel for
the whole trip of 750 miles (= 57 mpg)
at 70-75 mph, with air conditioning.
Back seat needs a little more foot
room (has about 5 inches less than our
Corolla); it's my understanding that
new Jetta has a little more foot room
due to slightly longer wheelbase. No
sign yet of reported problems with
So far, would recommend this car (2003
Fuel economy significantly exceeds
values reported by EPA or the popular
press. The fuel economy of this car
seems to be the best kept secret in
Many safety features are standard.
possibility of using biodiesel when it
becomes widely available is appealing.
Additional rear seat foot room.
Sun visors too small (should consider
extensions, such as those in Nissan
Trunk opening needs to be a little
larger. Also, because of narrower
trunk, many items that will fit in the
trunk of a Corolla will not fit in the