2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Mazda 3

The VW Jetta and Mazda 3 are some of the top options for buyers looking for a compact sedan. But rather than searching through vehicle brochures, websites and trim levels, we though we could make things easier for those trying to decide between the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Mazda 3. As you can see from the chart below, there are a number of similarities, but there are also some key differences to point out.

The two models come with standard engines that deliver similar horsepower figures, but when it comes to torque, the Jetta has the edge with 184 lb.-ft. This is even nearly identical to the Mazda 3's optional engine torque output of 185 lb.-ft. For an alternative engine option, the Jetta has a 170-horsepower turbocharged engine, as well as the Jetta GLI model that comes with a 210-horsepower engine and a Jetta Hybrid model. But despite the difference in engine power, both models are great for both enthusiasts and the casual driver, as each is offered with either a manual or automatic transmission.

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2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Mazda 3
150 hp, 184 lb.-ft. of torque Standard Engine Power 155 hp, 150 lb.-ft. of torque
manual or automatic Transmission manual or automatic
41.2/38.1 Legroom, in. (front/rear) 42.2/35.8
From $17,680 MSRP From $17,845

2016 VW Jetta Compared to 2016 Mazda 3

Like we said, there are a number of similarities between these two models. Even front seat legroom is nearly the same. But when examining the legroom in the back, the Jetta offers a few more valuable inches for taller passengers.

Both models come at an affordable price, but the Jetta does have the lower starting MSRP. For this price, the Jetta comes standard with a touchscreen infotainment system, USB port, Bluetooth and multi-function steering wheel.

Another key difference is that that Mazda 3 is offered as a 5-door hatchback model. Though the Jetta is not, Volkswagen does offer its popular and reliable Golf hatchback model, which you can compare top the Mazda 3 by clicking below. In the end, when comparing the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Mazda 3, the Jetta impresses with a powerful standard engine, spacious rear seats and great value. Contact us at Douglas Volkswagen to set up a test drive or to learn more.

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