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Base price range: $18,000 to $20,000
Value retained after five years: 35%
Fuel economy: 22 mpg city, 30 highway
Small cars tend to be either fun or comfortable, but the Golf is both. It handles like a pint-size German sports sedan.
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Last updated May 12 2010: 10:39 AM ET
Source: Kelley Blue Book, the car makers