Compare 2017 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2017 Volkswagen Jetta

2017 Mazda MAZDA3
2017 Volkswagen Jetta
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Grand Touring Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mazda3 4-Door Grand Touring Automatic 27 36 $23,149 $24,195
Mazda3 4-Door Grand Touring Manual 25 34 $22,144 $23,145
Mazda3 4-Door Sport Automatic 28 37 $18,084 $18,895
Mazda3 4-Door Sport Manual 27 37 $17,080 $17,845
Mazda3 4-Door Touring Automatic 28 37 $20,568 $21,495
Mazda3 4-Door Touring Manual 27 37 $19,564 $20,445
Mazda3 5-Door Touring 2.5 Automatic 26 35 $22,431 $23,445
Mazda3 5-Door Touring 2.5 Manual 25 33 $21,429 $22,395
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1.4T S Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Jetta 1.4T S Automatic 28 38 $18,235 $18,995
Jetta 1.4T S Manual 28 40 $17,179 $17,895
Jetta 1.4T SE Automatic 28 38 $21,115 $21,995
Jetta 1.4T SE Manual 28 40 $20,059 $20,895
Jetta 1.8T SEL Automatic 25 35 $23,995 $24,995
Jetta 1.8T SEL Premium Automatic 25 35 $25,915 $26,995
Jetta 1.8T Sport Automatic 25 35 $21,288 $22,175
Jetta GLI Automatic 24 33 $27,835 $28,995
Jetta GLI Manual 23 33 $26,779 $27,895
Pricing
Invoice Price
$23,149
$18,235
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$24,195
$18,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$403 / month
$317 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.3
6.5
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2017 Mazda 3 is near the top of our favorite compact cars on sale today. Its good performance, good fuel economy, and good value make for a very good car. The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta is a decent compact car—one in a crowded field, without a "killer app."
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Fuel Economy
City
27 mpg 28 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 38 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
53.5 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.2 55.2
Second Head Room (in)
37.5 37.1
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
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.1 5.2
Length, Overall (in)
180.3 183.3
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.4 15.7
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.4 10
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)
11.6 11.3
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 Size
Compact Full-Size
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/45WR18 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/45WR18 P205/55HR16
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3100 3025
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7 16 X 6
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7 16 X 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Full-Size
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 540
Engine
Displacement
2.5 L/152 1.4 L/85
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
184 @ 5700 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
185 @ 3250 184 @ 1400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 38
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
27 28
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.39 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
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.89 3.19
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.02 2.51
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
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mazda Mazda3 4-Door Volkswagen Jetta
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.8 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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