2015 Volkswagen GTI Wins Cars.com/USA Today/MotorWeek Cheap Speed Challenge
CHICAGO, July 28, 2014
CHICAGO, July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cars.com, the premier online resource
for buying and selling new and used cars, has named the 2015 Volkswagen GTI
the winner of its first-ever "Cheap Speed Challenge." The challenge focused on
compact coupes, sedans and hatchbacks that cost less than $30,000 and come
with features popular among drivers looking for performance in a new car.
Challenge contenders were the 2014 Fiat 500 Abarth, 2014 Ford Fiesta ST, 2014
Hyundai Veloster Turbo, 2014 Kia Forte SX, 2014 Nissan Juke NISMO, 2014 Scion
FR-S, 2014 Subaru WRX and the 2015 Volkswagen GTI.
"Not only does the all-new 2015 Volkswagen GTI offer the best performance bang
for the buck, but it is also one of the most comfortable," said Joe
Wiesenfelder, Executive Editor at Cars.com. "The GTI outperformed most cars in
just about every test we conducted. Also, unlike some of the other cheap speed
competitors, the GTI offers an impressively roomy and high-quality interior in
addition to being seriously fun-to-drive."
Experts from Cars.com, MotorWeek, USA Today and an actual car shopper in the
market for an affordable performance car tested the eight contenders over a
five-day period. "We typically test cars for three days during our multi-car
challenges, but the athletic-nature of these cars required some additional
performance-focused tests on racetracks," said Wiesenfelder.
oZero-to-60-mph times and quarter-mile times and speeds
o60 mph to zero braking distances
oProfessional road course testing on a closed track
o200 miles of driving on varying roads to test each car for real-world fuel
oRound-robin driving where each expert evaluated each car on the same
street route, back-to-back, to gather overall impressions on drive,
features and comfort
oTesting by a consumer in the market for a new car who evaluated each car
in the same categories as the experts
"Shoppers should know that performance doesn't always have to come at an
exorbitant cost," said Wiesenfelder. "The competitors in our Cheap Speed
Challenge are actually relatively affordable given their performance chops.
Cheap speed also doesn't come in one set shape or size as demonstrated by our
eight competitors, which means performance doesn't always jeopardize
Full "Cheap Speed Challenge" result can be foundhere or at blogs.cars.com.
Cars.com is an award-recognized online destination for car shoppers that
offers information from experts and consumers to help buyers formulate
opinions on what to buy, where to buy and how much to pay for a car. Cars.com
offers thousands of new and used vehicle listings, expert and consumer
reviews, side-by-side comparison and build and price tools, photo galleries,
videos, unbiased editorial content and many other resources. As the 2013
"Highest Ranked Third-Party Automotive Mobile Site" by J.D. Power, Cars.com
puts millions of car buyers in control of their shopping process with the
information they need to make stress-free buying decisions. Launched in June
1998, Cars.com is a division of Classified Ventures LLC, which is owned by
leading media companies, including A.H. Belo (NYSE: AHC), Gannett Co., Inc.
(NYSE: GCI), The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI), Tribune Company (OTC:TRBAA)
and The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO).
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