Compare 2018 Mazda MAZDA3 vs 2018 Volkswagen Jetta

2018 Mazda MAZDA3
2018 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 $18,321 $19,145
Mazda3 4-Door Sport Manual 28 38 $17,319 $18,095
Mazda3 4-Door Touring Automatic 27 36 $20,230 $21,140
Mazda3 4-Door Touring Manual 25 34 $19,226 $20,090
Mazda3 5-Door Grand Touring Automatic 27 36 $23,864 $24,945
Mazda3 5-Door Grand Touring Manual 25 34 $22,862 $23,895
Mazda3 5-Door Sport Automatic 28 37 $19,518 $20,395
Mazda3 5-Door Sport Manual 28 38 $18,514 $19,345
Mazda3 5-Door Touring Automatic 27 36 $20,945 $21,890
Mazda3 5-Door Touring Manual 25 34 $19,941 $20,840
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1.4T S Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Jetta 1.4T S Automatic 28 38 $18,858 $19,645
Jetta 1.4T S Manual 28 40 $17,898 $18,645
Jetta 1.4T SE Automatic 28 38 $21,355 $22,245
Jetta 1.4T SE Manual 28 40 $20,395 $21,245
Jetta 1.4T Wolfsburg Edition Automatic 28 38 $20,491 $21,345
Jetta 1.4T Wolfsburg Edition Manual 28 40 $19,531 $20,345
Jetta 1.8T SE Sport Automatic 24 33 $22,315 $23,245
Jetta 1.8T SEL Automatic 24 33 $25,195 $26,245
Jetta 2.0T GLI DSG 24 33 $28,362 $29,545
Pricing
Invoice Price
$23,149
$18,858
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$24,195
$19,645
Monthly Payment Estimate
$403 / month
$327 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
6.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2018 Mazda 3 adds standard active safety features to an already compelling value. Among compact cars, this is one to consider. The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta is a competent, comfortable sedan, but it’s light on personality and feels a little old against fresh-faced rivals.
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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
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.2 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.1 5.2
Length, Overall (in)
180.3 183.4
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.4 15.7
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.6 11.3
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 36.4
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Front Tire Size
P215/45WR18 P205/55HR16
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3100 3009
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Full-Size
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7 16 X 6.5
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
100 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 540
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
185 @ 3250 184 @ 1400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
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
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
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.55 4.46
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
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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