I want something under 30k, not expensive insurance, and safe since i have a baby. i was thinking maybe a Cadillac cts or something. i had a pontiac g6 gtp, but totaled it. So what is your opinion on what i should get? I already have an xtreme blazer so i am looking for a car. Cheaper is better. Thanks
2009 VW Jetta TDI
The big news for the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta is the return of the Jetta TDI. The diesel-powered TDI is now compliant with emission regulations in all 50 states and is rated as high as 40 mpg on the highway. The 2.0-liter turbocharged direct injection (TDI) engine produces 140 horsepower and an impressive 236 lb-ft of torque. In addition to the TDI, the 2009 Jetta will be available as an S, SE, SEL and Wolfsburg Edition, the latter of which gets a more powerful 200-horsepower engine and available DSG gearbox. Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP) and Cold Weather Package are both standard on all Jettas for 2009.
2009 Volkswagen Jetta SE
The 2009 Jetta has a very smooth running engine. I have the 6-speed automatic transmission. In Normal mode, the engine usually shifts below 3,000 rpms which saves gas consumption. In Sport mode, it revs much higher. It also has Tiptronic Mode which allows the driver 100% control when shifting. My combined urban/freeway gas mileage is mid 20’s. I am expecting close to 30 on a long highway trip. Acceleration is very good with 170 hp. The Jetta comes with heated seats and defrosting side view mirrors. The front seats are very comfortable. The 6-CD/Sirius sound system sounds great. Overall fit and finish is extremely high. The car came with Mugello wheels which are very attractive.
The pillars between the front and rear doors are wider due to the airbags. Otherwise, the pillars could be 2 inches narrower which would provide a little better side visibility. The car does not come standard with an iPod connecter, just the AUX input.
The 2009 Jetta SE is a much less expensive alternative to the BMW 3-series and the Acura TSX, but every bit the same quality.
2009 Volkswagen Jetta Wolfsburg Edition
Acceleration, transmission, heated seats, superb handling, Price, Gas Mileage, navigation of
Audio system is a little outdated, real leather seats are not an option
This is my fourth Jetta, previously had a 2000, 2004, and 2006. This one is by far my favorite one. This car is equiped with the 2.0 Turbo and 6 speed manual and it is a blast to drive. Handling is by far best in its class, feels like you are driving a much more expensive car. The seats are comfortrable and the gauges are easy to read. Of course the blue/red interior lights are great.
You may have a problem getting a CTS for this price, I think you would have to spend about $35k for a CTS. In that price range you would want to give the ":all-new": Acura TL a serious look. You may want to consider the Acura TSX or maybe a loaded 6 cylinder Honda Accord EX, always an excellent choice. All these cars will offer you plenty of safety features like: stability control, ABS brakes,Emergency Braking Assistance, Airbags all around and tire pressure monitoring systems. If you are buying and not leasing I would try to stick with a foreign car. They will hold their value much better then their American counterparts and usually will be more dependable if you plan on keeping the car for a long time. I also attached some links that you may find helpful in doing your research. One of the links is for researching the cars and the other is for researching their safety ratings. Good luck!
I think the new Dodge Caliber (replaced the Dodge Neon) is a sweet car, MSRP starts at 14K. Remember to negotiate down from the MSRP and not from a dealer markup! Some try to get you to negotiate between the dealer markup and the MSRP– but you’re still overpaying. You want to pay LESS than MSRP. Focus has a $2500 rebate right now and MSRP starts at around 14K as well. Remember you probably wont get the highest value for your trade in– dealerships rarely do give you top dollar. Ask around to compare not just prices on the new car but trade ins– this can make a huge difference!
Safe, reliable, great fuel economy. Cheap too. Yeah I love my liberty