2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
I also have a Honda Civic Hybrid but the Jetta TDI for the same money is much more fun and better quality. The diesel engine has tremendous low end torque and the turbo is rocket fast in sport mode. Just did a round trip from San Diego to LA and back and averaged 46 mpg. Been getting in the mid 30 mpg around town. The three mode transmission is fun for whatever mood. Leave it in D for economical commuting, drop it into sport to zip through traffic and manually shift when in the mountain twisties. Good seats with nice bun warmers and plenty of room for my 6 foot frame. Feels like a BMW or Audi for many thousands less. With free service and tax rebates how can I go wrong?
Sport mode transmission, marvelous mileage, superb handling. Materials are far superior to most Asian cars in its class. Lots of VW clubs and forums to make you feel part of a lifestyle. VW's have soul!
Fog lights should be standard. Mine cost more than $500 to install. Move the cruise control to the steering wheel rather than the light switch stalk.