|2013 FORD MUSTANG V-6
||2013 VOLKSWAGEN GTI
||typical monthly payment, $0 down
||total payments, 36 months
||turbocharged 200-hp inline-4
|0-to-60 mph: 5.4 seconds
1/4-mile: 14.0 seconds @ 104 mph
||0-to-60 mph: 6.3 seconds
1/4-mile: 14.9 seconds @ 96 mph
||EPA city/highway fuel economy, mpg
|Watched from the sidelines as the V-8 Mustangs made the 10Best list, then trounced a V-6 Camaro for revenge
||C/D trophy case
||Seven-time 10Best winner, recently took down a 263-hp Mazdaspeed 3 in a comparo
|Superb balance and nimbleness
||Steering weight and response, engine flexibility
|Oddly clumsy in our lane-change test, low top-speed governor (114 mph)
||Brakes prone to fading, nose-heavy, recently lost to a Focus ST in a comparo
|It’ll depreciate $12,000 in three years.
||why lease instead of buy?
||It’ll be warrantied the whole time you have it.
|Spend most of my commute making slight steering corrections while looking through the side windows.
||in inclement weather, i . . .
||Gloat to myself about front-wheel drive’s superior stability.
|Two of them are usually children. Small children.
||when i have three other people with me . . .
||I want the adults in the back seat to think we’re in an adult car.
|Fuel economy in a cool retro package.
||reason you tell people you got it
||Fun and utility.
|A Mustang GT was too expensive.
||real reason you got it
||Drives, looks, and feels like a German car—because it is one.
|Go late at night and do donuts in the parking lot.
||when i go to costco, i . .
||Buy so much stuff I almost think I need a U-Haul to get home. But a spacious hatchback will do.
|America, God shed his grace on thee.
||america . . .
||You want to talk about progressive income taxes or the pervasiveness of genetically modified potatoes?
|Real men get rear-wheel drive.
||get it instead of the other one because . . .