- Apr 15, 2010
I've been doing a lot of driving for work lately, and I'm thinking about getting a commuter car. Something smaller, a bit newer, and a bit better on gas. I'll still be keeping the Jeep for winter and trailer towing duty as well as offroad trips. I've been looking at the 8th gen 2010-2011 Honda Civic. My family has owned a few Hondas and they are reliable and familiar. Recently I drove a friend's 2010 VW Jetta 2.5 with the 5 speed and was fairly impressed by it. It seemed like a solid car for having over 190k miles and had some nice options. Honda Civic pros: -simple and reliable -not as expensive to maintain -familiar for me to work on and service -a bit better fuel economy than the 2.5 VW Honda Civic cons: -hard to find in a manual -manual models are usually stripped down with no options -quite a bit of road noise -insurance is high VW Jetta 2.5 pros: -easier to find a manual car with leather and options -2.5 has no turbos or timing belts to break -engine seems to have a decent amount of torque -prices seem a bit cheaper -seems to handle a bit better and is quieter inside -insurance cheaper VW Jetta 2.5 cons: -maintenance is a bit more expensive -mpg with the 2.5 is worse than the Civic -country of origin is Mexico? -electrical issues? -A bit harder to work on If anyone has input on these cars that would be great. This would primarily be a daily commuter vehicle. I'm looking at mainly 2010-2011 low mileage cars because they seem to be fairly reliable, and within the price range that I'm willing to pay cash for. I could get into a brand new vehicle but don't want a car payment or the big depreciation loss. I have driven only a 2011 Honda Civic auto and 2010 VW Jetta 2.5 manual. Both cars have lots to offer but I'd like to hear from owners of these particular vehicles. My only real experience with VW was bad, but that was mainly auto trans related on a 2001 Jetta my sister owned. I do all my own maintenance and I'm not afraid to turn a wrench, but don't want a nightmare.