Compare 2015 Toyota Prius vs 2015 Volkswagen Jetta

2015 Toyota Prius
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5-Door HB Five
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Prius 5-Door HB Five 51 48 $27,930 $30,005
Prius 5-Door HB Four 51 48 $26,470 $28,435
Prius 5-Door HB Persona Series Special Edition 51 48 $25,122 $26,985
Prius 5-Door HB Three 51 48 $23,985 $25,765
Prius 5-Door HB Two 51 48 $22,748 $24,200
Prius Plug-In 5-Door HB N/A N/A $28,791 $29,990
Prius Plug-In 5-Door HB Advanced N/A N/A $33,509 $34,905
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4-Door Automatic 1.8T SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.8T SE 25 37 $19,291 $20,095
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.8T SE PZEV 25 37 $19,291 $20,095
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.8T SE w/Connectivity 25 37 $21,433 $22,325
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.8T SE w/Connectivity PZEV 25 37 $21,433 $22,325
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.8T SE w/Connectivity/Navigation 25 37 $22,705 $23,650
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.8T SE w/Connectivity/Navigation PZEV 25 37 $22,705 $23,650
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.8T SEL 25 37 $24,366 $25,380
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.8T SEL PZEV 25 37 $24,366 $25,380
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.8T Sport PZEV 25 37 $21,115 $21,995
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0L S 23 34 $17,688 $18,425
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0L S w/Technology 23 34 $18,642 $19,420
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0T GLI SE 24 32 $26,898 $28,020
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0T GLI SE PZEV 24 32 $26,898 $28,020
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0T GLI SEL 24 32 $29,166 $30,380
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0T GLI SEL PZEV 24 32 $29,166 $30,380
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG 2.0L TDI S 31 45 $21,830 $22,740
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG 2.0L TDI SE w/Connectivity 31 45 $24,168 $25,175
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG 2.0L TDI SEL 31 45 $26,409 $27,510
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG Hybrid SEL Premium 42 48 $29,874 $31,120
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 1.8T SE 25 37 $18,235 $18,995
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 1.8T SE PZEV 25 37 $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 Base 25 34 $15,567 $16,215
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0L S 25 34 $16,633 $17,325
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0L S w/Technology 25 34 $17,587 $18,320
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0L TDI S 31 46 $20,774 $21,640
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0L TDI SE w/Connectivity 31 46 $23,113 $24,075
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0L TDI SEL 31 46 $25,353 $26,410
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

$27,930
$19,291

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$30,005
$20,095

Monthly Payment Estimate

$500 / month
$335 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.2
7.8

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2015 Toyota Prius is still the most fuel-efficient gasoline car on the market, at 50 mpg; its iconic hatchback shape offers a spacious interior that can seat five, though the handling is nothing to write home about. The 2015 Volkswagen Jetta has a nicer interior, more fuel-efficient engines, and should be safer, while retaining its huge interior and trunk, plus the response and roadholding that make it fun to drive.

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Fuel Economy

City

51 mpg 25 mpg

Highway

48 mpg 37 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Midsize Cars Compact Cars

Interior Dimensions

Front Hip Room (in)

52.7 -

Passenger Volume (ft³)

93.7 94.1

Second Leg Room (in)

36 38.1

Front Head Room (in)

38.6 38.2

Second Hip Room (in)

51.2 -

Front Shoulder Room (in)

54.9 55.2

Passenger Capacity

5 5

Second Head Room (in)

37.6 37.1

Second Shoulder Room (in)

53.1 53.6

Front Leg Room (in)

42.5 41.2

Exterior Dimensions

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

68.7 70

Track Width, Front (in)

59.6 60.4

Min Ground Clearance (in)

5.3 5.2

Length, Overall (in)

176.4 183.3

Height, Overall (in)

58.7 57.2

Track Width, Rear (in)

59.4 60.3

Wheelbase (in)

106.3 104.4

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)

21.6 -

Trunk Volume (ft³)

- 15.7

Brakes

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

10 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)

10.2 10.7

Brake Type

4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

11.9 14.5

Steering

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

36 36.4

Steering Type

Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion

Tires

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P215/45VR17 P205/55HR16

Spare Tire Size

Compact Full-Size

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P215/45VR17 P205/55HR16

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3072 3124

Wheels

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

17 X 7 16 X 6.5

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact Full-Size

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

17 X 7 16 X 6.5

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

105 @ 4000 184 @ 1500

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Displacement

1.8 L/110 1.8 L/110

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

134 @ 5200 170 @ 4800

Engine Type

Gas/Electric I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4

Fuel System

Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection

Mileage

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

50 30

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

48 37

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

51 25

Transmission

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

4.11 3.50

Trans Type

1 6

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Trans Description Cont.

CVT w/OD Automatic w/OD

First Gear Ratio (:1)

- 4.04

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

- 1.56

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

- 0.85

Reverse Ratio (:1)

- 3.19

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

- 2.37

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

- 1.16

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

- 0.67

Summary

Vehicle Name

Toyota Prius Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

Body Style

Hatchback Sedan

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front

Strut Strut

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Strut Strut

Suspension Type - Rear

Torsion Beam Torsion Beam

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Torsion Beam Torsion Beam

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

3.5 5.9

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- 540

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

- 140

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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