Compare 2016 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2016 Volkswagen Jetta

2016 Mazda MAZDA3
2016 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 30 41 $22,576 $23,595
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Sport 30 41 $18,083 $18,895
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic i Touring 30 41 $20,185 $21,095
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Grand Touring 28 39 $24,678 $25,795
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Automatic s Touring 28 39 $23,723 $24,795
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Grand Touring 29 41 $21,571 $22,545
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport 29 41 $17,081 $17,845
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual i Touring 29 41 $19,183 $20,045
Mazda3 4-Door Sedan Manual s Grand Touring 25 37 $23,673 $24,745
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic i Grand Touring 30 40 $23,243 $24,295
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic i Sport 30 40 $18,753 $19,595
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic i Touring 30 40 $20,856 $21,795
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Grand Touring 27 37 $25,345 $26,495
Mazda3 5-Door HB Automatic s Touring 27 37 $24,389 $25,495
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual i Grand Touring 29 40 $22,241 $23,245
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual i Sport 29 40 $17,748 $18,545
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual i Touring 29 40 $19,851 $20,745
Mazda3 5-Door HB Manual s Grand Touring 26 35 $24,343 $25,445
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4-Door Automatic 1.4T S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.4T S 28 39 $18,029 $18,780
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.4T S w/Technology 28 39 $18,984 $19,775
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.4T SE 28 39 $19,291 $20,095
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.4T SE w/Connectivity 28 39 $21,433 $22,325
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.8T SEL 25 36 $22,705 $23,650
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.8T SEL PZEV 25 36 $22,705 $23,650
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.8T SEL Premium 25 36 $24,366 $25,380
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.8T SEL Premium PZEV 25 36 $24,366 $25,380
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.8T Sport PZEV 25 36 $21,115 $21,995
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0T GLI SE 24 33 $26,898 $28,020
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0T GLI SE PZEV 24 33 $26,898 $28,020
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0T GLI SEL 24 33 $29,166 $30,380
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0T GLI SEL PZEV 24 33 $29,166 $30,380
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG 2.0L TDI S 31 43 N/A N/A
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG 2.0L TDI SE w/Connectivity 31 43 N/A N/A
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG 2.0L TDI SEL Premium 31 43 N/A N/A
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG Hybrid SEL Premium 42 48 $29,874 $31,120
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 1.4T S 28 40 $16,973 $17,680
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 1.4T S w/Technology 28 40 $17,928 $18,675
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 1.4T SE 28 40 $18,235 $18,995
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 1.8T Sport PZEV 25 37 $20,059 $20,895
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0L TDI S 30 44 N/A N/A
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0L TDI SE w/Connectivity 30 44 N/A N/A
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0L TDI SEL Premium 30 44 N/A N/A
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0T GLI SE 23 33 $25,842 $26,920
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0T GLI SE PZEV 23 33 $25,842 $26,920
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0T GLI SEL 23 33 $28,109 $29,280
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0T GLI SEL PZEV 23 33 $28,109 $29,280
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,576
$18,029
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,595
$18,780
Monthly Payment Estimate
$393 / month
$313 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2016 Mazda 3 is one of the best-driving and best-looking small cars, with a more premium feel than its (now even lower) price might suggest. The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta keeps its excellent handling and high safety ratings, but it's starting to show its age in a a few ways.
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Fuel Economy
City
30 mpg 28 mpg
Highway
41 mpg 39 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.4 53.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 41.2
Front Hip Room (in)
55.5 -
Second Leg Room (in)
35.8 38.1
Front Head Room (in)
37.6 38.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.3 94.1
Second Hip Room (in)
53.5 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.2 55.2
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 37.1
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
57.3 57.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.4 60.3
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 104.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.7 70
Track Width, Front (in)
61.2 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.1 5.2
Length, Overall (in)
180.3 183.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.4 15.7
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.4 10.7
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 11.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 14.5
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 36.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/60HR16 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P205/60HR16 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact Full-Size
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2930 3025
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 15 X 6
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 X 6.5 15 X 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Full-Size
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 540
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
155 @ 6000 150 @ 5000
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
150 @ 4000 184 @ 1400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0 L/122 1.4 L/85
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
41 39
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
30 28
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
34 32
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.89 3.19
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.02 2.50
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.14
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.60 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.55 4.46
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.59 3.23
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.56
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 0.85
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mazda Mazda3 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.2 5.5
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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