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2015 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
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.

Convenience
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.

Cost
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.

Dimensions
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.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque, the Chevrolet Malibu doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Volkswagen Jetta.

Handling
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.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Chevrolet Malibu has a much more powerful engine than the Volkswagen Jetta. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.

Utility
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 a roomier cargo area for holding your bags or other items than the Volkswagen Jetta.

Warranty
The Chevrolet Malibu comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Volkswagen Jetta.

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2015 Chevrolet
Malibu

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MSRP*: $22,465 - $30,480

2014 Volkswagen
Jetta

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MSRP*: $15,695 - $29,775
Cash Back Rebate: Up to $500 Visit Rebate Center
Low APR Loan: As low as 2.90% As low as 0.00%
Lease Incentive: -- --
City MPG: 21 - 25 23 - 30
Highway MPG: 30 - 36 33 - 42
Engine(s): Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 5 - 5
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating
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Frontal Crash Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $21,679 - $28,804 $15,067 - $28,584

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