Passengers in the back seat will feel a little more squished in the Chevrolet Malibu than in the Volkswagen Jetta, due to the Chevrolet Malibu's smaller rear head- and legroom. The Chevrolet Malibu will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Jetta.
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Chevrolet Malibu as you will with the Volkswagen Jetta, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Chevrolet Malibu is somewhat more expensive than the Volkswagen Jetta. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Chevrolet Malibu and the Volkswagen Jetta have similar Destination Charges.
Since the Chevrolet Malibu is much wider than the Volkswagen Jetta, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Chevrolet Malibu, which is slightly longer than the Volkswagen Jetta.
The Chevrolet Malibu has much less torque than the Volkswagen Jetta, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.
The Chevrolet Malibu has a larger turning radius than the Volkswagen Jetta, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.
When it comes to horsepower, the Chevrolet Malibu is somewhat more powerful than the Volkswagen Jetta.
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Chevrolet Malibu and the Volkswagen Jetta. The Chevrolet Malibu has less cargo capacity than the Volkswagen Jetta, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.
The Chevrolet Malibu comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Volkswagen Jetta.
Compare the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu and the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta.
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MSRP*: $22,140 - $29,850
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MSRP*: $15,545 - $28,495
|Cash Back Rebate:||Up to $500||Up to $500|
|Low APR Loan:||As low as 2.90%||As low as 0.90%|
|City MPG:||21 - 25||23 - 30|
|Highway MPG:||30 - 36||33 - 42|
|Seating Capacity:||5 - 5||5 - 5|
|Basic Warranty:||3 years/36,000 miles||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Invoice*:||$21,365 - $28,208||$14,923 - $27,355|
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