Consumer Reports (CR), one among the most trusted sources for information and advice on consumer products and services, has published their latest rating based on their Annual Auto Survey conducted on the four fuel efficient vehicles Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI, Honda CR-Z, Ford Fiesta and Mazda2.
Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI is the only one that is currently recommended from among the four by the CR. This pricey premium compact automobile delivered impressive performance at the CR’s testers and won excellent score.
The vehicle is also admired for the comfort, convenience and sufficient room offered by it. It is powered by a 140-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that that delivers leisurely acceleration and gets 36 mpg overall and a superb 49 mpg on the highway.
At the same time, new two-seat Honda CR-Z hybrid hatchback came in the last-place. According to CR, it scored too low in the testing to recommend. Honda CR-Z is been said to have delivered a choppy and less sporty ride with high noise levels.
The auto features a lower fuel mileage of 35 mpg and limited utility, though braking is very good like Jetta. The interior too looks nice but the payload capacity is restrictive.
CR tested two versions each of the Mazda and Ford subcompacts, both manual and automatic. Ford Fiesta and Mazda2 are rated as having adequate reliability data.
The Fiesta was ranked slightly higher than the Mazda2. The magazine seems to be very fond of the autos. They say that both are fun to drive and deliver impressive fuel economy.
The Ford Fiesta SE sedan ($16,595 MSRP as tested), is powered by a 120-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers adequate acceleration and gets 33 mpg overall. The six-speed automatic transmission shifts responsively.
The Mazda2 Touring $17,075 MSRP as tested), is powered by a 100-hp 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that accelerates modestly and gets a very good 30mpg with the automatic transmission. Both are rated to be having good braking as well.