From behind the wheel, the Jetta rides softly and its steering responds quickly, but with little of the eager tenacity found in rivals like the Honda Civic and Mazda 3. The little turbo-4 pulls as best it can, delivering adequate, but not enlightening acceleration. The Jetta makes a fine long-distance cruiser boosted by its 40-mpg highway rating, bar some obtrusive wind and road noise. Its seats are firm, if light on lumbar, and well-bolstered, and there’s enough room in the back seat for two adults or three in a pinch. The Jetta’s 14.1 cubic-foot trunk is about par for a mid-size sedan, but it’s well shy of the similarly sized Golf.