Edmunds.com has put together a nice little competition here with the Toyota Prius vs. VW Jetta TDI Diesel. The Jetta TDI and/or the TDI engine has been popping up a lot lately in these real world test. There is even a cross-country battle going on. There is one more strike against the Prius… its manufacturing process pretty much makes your happy little bumper sticker null & void.
Here we have the 2009 Toyota Prius gasoline-electric hybrid, embodying up-to-the-minute fuel-sipping methods and machinery intended to take us immaculately into a spotless future. In the other lane, the newly introduced 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI turbodiesel, a rolling relic of tried-and-true yester-tech locomotion (upon whose sooty breath the Industrial Revolution itself was built) that has been remastered, reengineered and reintroduced to be meaner, cleaner and more efficient than ever.