Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

5 of 8
BACKNEXT
Volkswagen Rabbit
Price: $16,300 - $19,340
Mileage: 30 mpg Hwy, 21 mpg City

IIHS Top Safety Pick

The more potent - and more expensive - GTI may be more exciting than the run-of-the-litter Rabbit, but the base Rabbit still offers the appeal of "German engineering" in a budget package. Power is decent and handling is sharp.

The interior is much more conservative in design than a Honda Civic's, but it still feels and looks better constructed than most cars at this price.

Volkswagen has a poor reputation for dependability, and VW has been trying hard to get past that. It seems to be working. Predicted reliability for the 2009 is "Very good," according to Consumer Reports.

New versions of the Rabbit and GTI are expected to go on sale in the United States this fall.

NEXT: Ford Focus

Last updated March 16 2009: 8:39 AM ET
Find Your Next Car
More Galleries
The 7 biggest investment mistakes celebrities make From betting too heavily on real estate to overestimating future earnings, here are 7 of the most common money mistakes that celebrities make. More
Cotton candy, toothpicks, pet gel -- these products are all made from marijuana Legal cannabis, an estimated $5.4 billion industry, is drawing in entrepreneurs with a variety of innovative products -- from skin patches to pain relief gel for pets. More
Coolest hotel bars for business travelers CNNMoney asked two concierge services for high-flying business people what hotel bars they'd recommend in 5 major U.S. cities. Here are their favorite spots. More

Special Offer