2011 Volkswagen Jetta $1,700 Cheaper Than Last Year
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.
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