Originally Posted by danstheman7
Almost bought a Jetta before I found the Impreza, as it was cheap, and widely available. Glad I didn't though.
No doubt. In the May 2013 issue of Consumer Reports, the Impreza is the #1 compact sedan, with the Elantra and Mazda3 being #2 and #3 respectively. The Jetta is #15.
The Impreza earned a solid red reliability circle (excellent), the Hyundai earned a half-red reliability circle (very good), and the Mazda3 earned a white circle (average). The Jetta earned a half-black reliability circle (below average), and is therefore not recommended by CR.
The 2012 Beetle isn't on the same chart because it's not a compact sedan (CR considers the Beetle to compete more against cars like the Hyundai Veloster), but it earned a solid black reliability circle (much below average). Specifically, it earned demerits in the Fuel System, Squeaks & Rattles, and Body Hardware categories.
It's very unfortunate that the OP was unhappy with his Impreza due to reliability issues. But jumping from an Impreza to a Beetle (or just about any VW product) strikes me as a bit like jumping from the pan into the fire.