Jetta TDI better than the Toyota Prius?
Last night I was half asleep when I think I saw a new VW commercial pitting the new VW Jetta TDI against hybrids. Essentially, the commercial portrays the TDI as a very fuel efficient vehicle - just like a hybrid - but an efficient car with real power, unlike wimpy hybrid cars.
I laughed. It's a funny commercial and I'm sure it will resonate with hybrid haters. Still, it's a joke, if fuel economy is your priority.
Both the new Prius and the latest TDI cost about the same. Yet, according to the EPA, the TDI achieves 30/41 mpg, city/highway. The 2010 Prius will achieve about 50 mpg on both cycles. Thus, unless your commutes are at constant speeds without any stop signs, street lights, traffic, etc., the Prius is going to achieve far better fuel economy than the TDI.
Of course, the TDI will make you feel more manly. I guess that's worth something to some people.