Volkswagen Jetta TDI SportWagen

Some hybrids struggle to live up to fuel-economy ratings. But VW's diesel blows away its 42-mpg window sticker, getting up to 50 mpg on actual highways. Boatloads of diesel torque provide surprising acceleration for merging or passing. The sum total is a triple whammy of performance, hybrid-like mileage, and utility. [$26,250; vw.com]