Over the years, the Volkswagen Golf has been a familiar sight on American streets. In 2006, however, VW switched to the Rabbit name for the small car. But the Rabbit will disappear in 2010 as VW introduces the sixth-generation Golf and reintroduces the Golf name to the U.S., starting in October. The new Golf's power train has been updated for the U.S. market with a 2.5-liter gasoline engine; a 2-liter diesel engine will be offered as an option. Pricing hasn't been finalized, but it is expected to come in at around $18,000 for the version with the gasoline engine. That's a lot of value for the money, and these days that's a strong selling point.
The 2009 Rabbit: