If pure fuel economy is your end goal, it’s hard to beat a hybrid, especially if you’re spending most of your time in the city. But if lowering your overall cost of ownership during the average lifespan of a new car is what you’re after, the Cruze Diesel and the Jetta TDI offer a lot of savings up front.
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