Compare 2012 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2012 Volkswagen Jetta

2012 Mazda MAZDA3
2012 Volkswagen Jetta
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4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Grand Touring 28 40 $21,568 $22,550
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 24 33 $16,443 $17,555
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 24 33 $17,749 $18,950
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $21,603 $23,070
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 22 29 $20,134 $21,500
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i SV 25 33 $14,771 $15,200
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 25 33 $15,648 $16,705
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 25 33 $16,952 $18,100
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $20,854 $22,270
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Touring 20 28 $19,385 $20,700
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic i Grand Touring 28 39 $22,141 $23,150
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic i Touring 28 39 $19,274 $20,150
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 22 29 $22,071 $23,570
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 22 29 $20,600 $22,000
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual Mazdaspeed3 Touring 18 25 $22,191 $23,700
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual i Touring 27 38 $18,462 $19,300
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 20 28 $21,322 $22,770
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Touring 20 28 $19,852 $21,200
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4-Door Automatic Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic Base 24 29 $15,950 $16,615
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic S w/Sunroof 24 29 $18,139 $18,895
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience 24 32 $20,328 $21,175
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience & Sunroof 24 32 $21,614 $22,515
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience & Sunroof PZEV 24 32 $21,614 $22,515
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience PZEV 24 32 $20,328 $21,175
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SEL 24 32 $22,459 $23,395
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SEL PZEV 24 32 $22,459 $23,395
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium & Sunroof 24 32 $23,813 $24,805
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium & Sunroof PZEV 24 32 $23,813 $24,805
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG TDI w/Premium 30 42 $24,303 $25,315
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG TDI w/Premium & Nav 30 42 $25,387 $26,445
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual Base 24 33 $14,894 $15,515
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual S w/Sunroof 24 33 $17,083 $17,795
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE 23 33 $17,977 $18,725
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE PZEV 23 33 $17,977 $18,725
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience 23 33 $19,273 $20,075
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience & Sunroof 23 33 $20,558 $21,415
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience & Sunroof PZEV 23 33 $20,558 $21,415
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience PZEV 23 33 $19,273 $20,075
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SEL 23 33 $21,403 $22,295
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SEL PZEV 23 33 $21,403 $22,295
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual TDI w/Premium 30 42 $23,247 $24,215
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual TDI w/Premium & Nav 30 42 $24,331 $25,345
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic S 24 31 $20,443 $21,295
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic S PZEV 24 31 $20,443 $21,295
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic SE 24 31 $23,242 $24,210
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic SE PZEV 24 31 $23,242 $24,210
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic SE w/Sunroof 24 31 $24,923 $25,960
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic SE w/Sunroof PZEV 24 31 $24,923 $25,960
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door DSG TDI 29 39 $25,574 $26,640
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door DSG TDI w/Sunroof 29 39 $27,255 $28,390
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 29 39 $28,051 $29,220
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual S 23 33 $19,387 $20,195
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual S PZEV 23 33 $19,387 $20,195
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual TDI 30 42 $24,517 $25,540
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual TDI w/Sunroof 30 42 $26,198 $27,290
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $26,994 $28,120
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,568
$15,950
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,550
$16,615
Monthly Payment Estimate
$376 / month
$277 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
With its new Skyactive powertrains, the 2012 Mazda3 is the eco-conscious choice that sure doesn't drive like one. The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen isn't exactly like its sedan counterpart--it's noticeably smaller but nicer inside.
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Fuel Economy
City
28 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
40 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
- 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
52.2 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.9 55.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 53.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.0 41.2
Front Hip Room (in)
53.7 - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.1 94.1
Second Leg Room (in)
36.2 38.1
Front Head Room (in)
38.9 38.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.7 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
180.9 182.2
Height, Overall (in)
57.9 57.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.8 60.6
Wheelbase (in)
103.9 104.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.1 70.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.8 15.7
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 x - TBD - 11.0 x 0.9
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.4 x - TBD - NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 9.1 x 1.3
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.5 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
35.8 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 16.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.2 36.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.94 3.0
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/50VR17 195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
T125/70D16 NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/50VR17 195/65HR15
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2950 2881
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.0 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.9 7.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 140
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
148 @ 4100 125 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
155 @ 6000 115 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
40 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
28 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
33 27
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.59 0.69
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.55 4.15
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.56
Trans Type
6 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.70 0.86
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.39
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.02 2.37
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.89 3.68
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.15
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/manual shift
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mazda Mazda3 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut McPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
4.5 6.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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