After skipping model-year 2011, Volkswagen’s iconic bug is back for 2012. Along with shedding the “new” moniker in its name, Beetle also lost its girly image. It traded its bud vase and curves for edgier styling and more power, including a new diesel engine. Cars.com senior editor Kristin Varela recommends the Beetle for busy families looking for a zippy, fun-to-drive second car, but she warns that the backseat is tight and road noise is louder than expected.
By 11:09 AM ET, 01/05/2012