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2023 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2022 Volkswagen Jetta Review

Picture of the 2023 Chevrolet Malibu

2023 Chevrolet
Malibu

MSRP*: $24,700 to $31,500
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Picture of the 2022 Volkswagen Jetta

2022 Volkswagen
Jetta

MSRP*: $20,365 to $28,095
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MPG - City 22 - 29 MPG 29 - 31 MPG
MPG - Hwy 33 - 36 MPG 40 - 43 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine
  • 160-hp, 1.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 158-hp, 1.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission Continuously Variable 8-Speed A/T, M/T
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 160 hp 158 hp
Exterior Length 194.2 in 186.5 in
Exterior Width 73.0 in 70.8 in
Leg Room Front 41.5 in
Rear 38.1 in
Front 41.1 in
Rear 37.4 in
Head Room Front 39.1 in
Rear 37.5 in
Front 38.5 in
Rear 37.2 in

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Chevrolet Malibu offers a bit more room for passengers in the back seat than the Volkswagen Jetta. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Jetta, the Chevrolet Malibu may be a little roomier and more comfortable for the driver and front seat passengers.

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 will definitely make more of a dent in your wallet than the Volkswagen Jetta, which has a much lower MSRP.

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.

Handling
The Chevrolet Malibu has about the same turning radius as the Volkswagen Jetta, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of horsepower, it's basically a tie between the Chevrolet Malibu and the Volkswagen Jetta.

Powertrain
Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the Chevrolet Malibu does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Volkswagen Jetta.

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.