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2021 Mazda Mazda3 vs. 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review

Picture of the 2021 Mazda Mazda3

2021 Mazda
Mazda3

MSRP*: $20,650 to $33,900
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Picture of the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2021 Volkswagen
Jetta GLI

MSRP*: $26,345 to $31,545
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Invoice* $19,751 to $32,413 $25,291 to $29,515
MPG - City 23 - 28 MPG 24 MPG
MPG - Hwy 31 - 36 MPG 33 - 35 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine
  • 155-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 186-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 227-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 228-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 6-Speed A/T, M/T 7-Speed A/T, M/T
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 155 - 227 hp 228 hp
Exterior Length 175.6 - 183.5 in 185.2 in
Exterior Width 70.7 in 70.8 in
Leg Room Front 42.3 in
Rear 35.1 in
Front 41.1 in
Rear 37.4 in
Head Room Front 37.5 - 38.0 in
Rear 36.5 - 37.3 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
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Volkswagen Jetta GLI than the Mazda Mazda3, due to its greater head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Mazda Mazda3 and the Volkswagen Jetta GLI in the front seats.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Mazda Mazda3 as you will with the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, 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). When looking only at MSRP, the Mazda Mazda3 will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Mazda Mazda3 and the Volkswagen Jetta GLI have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Mazda Mazda3 is about the same width as the Volkswagen Jetta GLI. When looking at overall length, the Mazda Mazda3 takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Handling
The Mazda Mazda3 has a smaller turning radius than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The Mazda Mazda3 has less horsepower than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Powertrain
The Mazda Mazda3 has much less torque than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Mazda Mazda3 and the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Mazda Mazda3 is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.