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2021 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2021 Volkswagen Jetta Review

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2021 Chevrolet
Malibu

MSRP*: $22,270 to $33,500
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2021 Volkswagen
Jetta

MSRP*: $18,995 to $28,045
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Invoice* $22,248 to $32,294 $18,235 to $26,924
MPG - City 22 - 29 MPG 24 - 30 MPG
MPG - Hwy 33 - 36 MPG 35 - 41 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), 250-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel) 147-hp, 1.4-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel), 228-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 9-Speed A/T, Continuously Variable 7-Speed A/T, 8-Speed A/T, M/T
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 160 - 250 hp 147 - 228 hp
Exterior Length 194.2 in 185.1 - 185.2 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
Overall Safety Rating** **** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** ****
Side Crash Rating** **** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*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 is somewhat more expensive than the Volkswagen Jetta.

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
When it comes to horsepower, the Chevrolet Malibu is somewhat more powerful than 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.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Chevrolet Malibu than that of the Volkswagen Jetta.