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2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs. Its Competition

2019 Volkswagen Jetta
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

Our pick among compact cars is the Honda Civic; it’s not without its faults, but it delivers a commendable balance between comfort and performance.

The Mazda 3 comes close, with some infotainment and rear-seat room compromises.

Chevy’s Cruze has an available turbodiesel that sips fuel, but is expensive in the first place.

The well-priced Subaru Impreza pairs winter-friendly all-wheel drive with a composed ride, but it’s pokey over the road.

Fun is the Ford Focus’ middle name; refinement is its (very) distant cousin.

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2019 Honda Civic Si2019 Honda Civic
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Quick Specs
5.8
The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is a mild-mannered, well-equipped compact sedan.
5.4
The 2019 Chevrolet Cruze gains some good content, but its advanced safety tech should be more accessible.
6.5
Safety upgrades this year make the 2019 Honda Civic as compelling as ever.
6.8
The 2019 Mazda 3 keeps the zoom, but all-wheel-drive practicality and a vastly upgraded interior make it much more than that.
6.3
The 2019 Subaru Impreza is a sensible, right-price, low-compromise compact car.
6.2
The 2018 Ford Focus is irony on wheels: it comes in a dizzying range of models, of which the SEL and ST are our picks.
MSRP From     
$18,745$17,995$19,550$21,000N/A$17,950
Gas Mileage     
25 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4N/ARegular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsMidsize CarsMid-Size CarsCompact CarsN/ACompact Cars
Style Name     
S Manual w/SULEV4-Door Sedan LLX CVTFWDN/AS Sedan
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveN/AFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
5555N/A5
Passenger Doors     
N/A4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanN/ASedan
Transmission     
Manual w/ODAutomaticCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODN/AManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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