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2011 Volkswagen Jetta $1,700 Cheaper Than Last Year

July 29, 2010

2011 Volkswagen Jetta Once upon a time, Volkswagen told us to "Think Small."

Now, with the 2011 Jetta, it's more like "Think Small Price," as this year's base model is priced at a low $15,995 ($1,740 less than 2010).

The 2011 Volkswagen comes in four trims (S, SE, SEL and TDI), each with six airbags, daytime running lights and a rear 60/40-split bench, plus free regular maintenance for three years or 36,000 miles.

The S and SE trims come with front disc and rear drum brakes, while the SEL and TDI come with four-wheel-disc braking. The S boasts a 115-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, five-speed manual transmission, 24/34 mpg city/highway (manual) and 23/32 mpg (automatic).

The S comes standard with AC, four-speaker sound system, power locks/windows, keyless entry, heated power mirrors, cloth seats and 15-inch steel wheels.

The SE starts at $18,195 ($2,355 less than the 2010 SE Jetta) with all S trim features. It has a 170-hp, 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine, with six-speed manual gearbox, 23/33 mpg (manual) and 24/31 (auto). 16-inch steel wheels, leatherette upholstery, cruise control, and more.

The SEL starts at $21,395 ($2,050 less than the 2010's SEL) with leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, 16-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats and washer fluid, an MP3 jack and six-speaker audio system plus 17-inch alloy wheels, touch-screen navigation system with SD card reader, push-button start, trip computer, driver seat lumbar adjustment, fog lights, exterior chrome accents and four-wheel-disc brakes.

Finally, the Jetta TDI starts at $22,995 ($165 more than 2010's TDI) with a 140-hp, 2.0-liter diesel engine and a six-speed manual, 30/42 mpg. The TDI includes all features found on the SE model with the Convenience Package and Sunroof Package.

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar, Edmunds, and 1-800 Car Show are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.

California Residents - Important:

There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.

- Gregg Fidan

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