Should I Have Owned a Jetta? - 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Volkswagen Jetta Long-Term Road Test

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Should I Have Owned a Jetta?

July 05, 2011

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A couple of guys were talking in the office a while ago, and I heard them refer to the Volkswagen Jetta as one of the quintessential (not gonna say chick cars) cars for young college women.

"Huh?" I said, thinking back. I couldn't remember a single friend of mine who owned a VW, much less a Jetta. But then, I'm from Michigan, and I didn't make my final western crossing of the Mississippi River until my late 20s.

My friends probably didn't even know Volkswagen made a car other than a classic Beetle, let alone considered buying one. Their Dads made sure they drove Ford Escorts, Chevy Chevettes. Maybe a lucky few scored a Chrysler Le Baron convertible.

The other day the local KCBS Los Angeles anchors were discussing their first cars on the morning news. Three of the three women at the desk said they owned Jettas.

So did I miss a revolution, or was it just a regional thing?

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 6,207 miles


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