2022 Volkswagen Jetta vs. Its Competition

2022 Volkswagen Jetta and Jetta GLI
Robert Duffer Robert Duffer Senior Editor

The diminished compact sedan segment has never been better when it comes to value.

Redesigned like the Jetta for 2022, the Honda Civic stretches out with a more sophisticated interior and exterior than its edgier predecessor; a hatchback, Si, and Type R model will follow.

Redesigned for 2021, the Hyundai Elantra adds an N performance model for 2022, but the base model puts value ahead of style and performance.

The 2021 Mazda 3 continues as a sedan and hatchback with upscale touches and a spirited ride.

Toyota sells those body styles on the 2021 Corolla, but it comes best as a 52-mpg hybrid.

Easy to overlook, the 2021 Nissan Sentra presents a value but doesn’t skimp on features or good driving behavior.

2022 Volkswagen Jetta and Jetta GLI2022 Volkswagen Jetta
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2022 Honda Civic Hatchback2022 Honda CivicGet Your Price2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line2021 Hyundai Elantra
2021 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo2021 Mazda MAZDA3
2021 Nissan Sentra2021 Nissan Sentra
2021 Toyota Corolla Apex Edition2021 Toyota Corolla
Quick Specs
The 2022 Volkswagen Jetta packs more standard features for a better compact car value.
7.0
The 2022 Honda Civic remains a go-to economy car, with low-key performance and high-economy powertrains.
6.7
The 2021 Hyundai Elantra has big style, big available tech, and big range from a hybrid powertrain.
6.7
The 2021 Mazda 3 straddles the mainstream and upscale markets with a quality cabin, power that ranges from pedestrian to plentiful, and available all-wheel drive.
6.0
The 2021 Nissan Sentra has a sleek shape and a more refined ride, which makes it a better value than in the past.
6.7
With the 2021 Corolla, Toyota has almost excised all the bland from its diet.
MSRP From     
$20,365$22,550$19,650$20,650$19,510$20,025
Gas Mileage     
26 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 52 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 52 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsMidsize CarsMidsize CarsCompact CarsMidsize CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
S ManualLX CVTSE IVT SULEV *Ltd Avail*2.0 FWDS CVTL CVT (SE)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Manual w/ODCVT w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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