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2015 Volkswagen Jetta

Germany’s national soccer team won the World Cup title last year in a brutally efficient manner. They were unassuming, just operated like clockwork and ran down and decimated their opposition -- including host Brazil in embarrassing fashion.

The Volkswagen lineup of cars is a lot like their home country’s soccer team -- not flashy in appearance or style, but great when it comes to delivering what you want under the hood and in your driving experience.

I recently drove one of VW’s most popular products on this side of the pond, a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta, and I’m back with a full report..

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  • Vehicle: 2015 Volkswagen Jetta
  • Price as tested: $26,160
  • Best feature: Excellent acceleration and handling; a joy to drive
  • Rating: 4.5 out of five stars
  • Who will want this vehicle?: Folks who want a fast, safe sedan but don’t need a flashy-looking ride
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2014 Honda Civic hybrid

Hybrids come in all sizes these days, with even large SUVs offering eco-friendly mpg sippers in an effort to draw more buyers.

But one of the key categories for hybrids remains the compact car, and there’s quite a bit of competition in this area from both the U.S. and foreign automakers. One consistent competitor is the Honda Civic, which continues to wage a strong fight in the compact hybrid battlefield.

I recently spent some time in a 2014 Civic hybrid, and I’m back with a full report.

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  • Vehicle: 2014 Honda Civic hybrid
  • Price as tested: Base vehicle starts about $25K
  • Best feature: 45 mpg fuel mileage
  • Rating: Four out of five stars
  • Who will want this vehicle?: People seeking a compact car with excellent fuel mileage
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2015 Cadillac ATS coupe

Cadillac makes a variety of cars, from the ostentatious Escalade to its SRX crossover to the old standby CTS sedan which has gone strong for more than a decade.

There is also the newest and most junior member of the team: The ATS, a vehicle that’s a small package but contains quite a bit of fun under the hood. I recently spent some time in an ATS coupe and I’m back with a full report on my experience and how the ATS compares to other luxury coupe offerings.

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  • Vehicle: 2015 Cadillac ATS coupe
  • Price as tested: $53,775
  • Best feature: Beautiful-looking coupe, great handling, powerful engine
  • Rating: 4.5 out of five stars
  • Who will want this vehicle?: Anyone looking for a sleek little Cadillac that’s fun to drive on the open road
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2015 Toyota Camry hybrid

In the world of hybrids, one of Toyota’s own -- the Prius, with its 50 mpg rating -- is the ruling king. But with its futuristic look both outside and in its tech setup, there are some customers turned off by the Prius.

That’s where alternatives -- like the Toyota Camry hybrid -- come into play; boasting strong fuel economy but in a less otherworldly package. In essence, slapping the hybrid package into what is otherwise a traditional car, to the point where it’s not even that obvious that it’s a hybrid. I recently drove a 2015 Camry hybrid and I’m back with a full report of what it offers and how it compares to the rest of the hybrid market.

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  • Vehicle: 2015 Toyota Camry hybrid
  • Price as tested: $32,897
  • Best feature: Reliability, safety, gas mileage
  • Rating: Four out of five stars
  • Who will want this vehicle?: Hybrid sedan buyers seeking high gas mileage and Toyota’s reliability in a traditional-looking vehicle
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2014 Dodge Dart GT

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  • Vehicle: 2014 Dodge Dart GT
  • Price as tested: $25,125
  • Best feature: Quick off the line, fun vehicle to drive
  • Rating: 3.5 out of five stars
  • Who will want this vehicle?: Those looking for a sporty ride at an affordable price
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