2017 Mazda3 vs 2017 Volkswagen Jetta

Nobody ever said that choosing the right new car was easy, and if they ever did, you probably found out pretty quickly that it simply isn’t true. That being said, there are ways to make the whole process easier, and you’ve found one right here on our website. From time to time, we like to compare some of the more popular models in certain segments so that buyers don’t have to spend so much time looking through specs and features.

Here on this page, we are comparing the 2017 Mazda3 vs 2017 Volkswagen Jetta for those shopping around for a compact sedan. First off, you may notice from the chart down below that you really can’t go too wrong when it comes to safety, with both models being named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS. That being said, the Mazda3 has some standard safety and security features not found standard in the 2017 Jetta, such as auto off exterior light control and a keyless access system, while also making blind spot monitoring and an in-vehicle assistance service available on the entry level model (not available on the entry level Jetta, however).

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2017 Mazda3 VS 2017 Volkswagen Jetta
155 hp Standard Engine Horsepower 150 hp
184 hp/185 lb-ft of torque Available Engine Specs 170 hp/184 lb-ft of torque OR 210 hp/207 lb-ft of torque
96 cu ft Passenger Volume 94 cu ft
Yes Top Safety Pick+ Yes

Differences Between the 2017 Mazda3 and VW Jetta

Another significant difference between the Mazda3 and Jetta is found under the hood. Not too much separates the standard power plants, with the 2017 Mazda3 delivering just a bit more horsepower. That horsepower can be increased to 184 horsepower through the Mazda3’s available engine, more horsepower than the 170-horsepower power plant the Jetta offers. But what about the Jetta’s 210 horsepower engine, you might ask? That engine option does provide a significant amount of power for driving enthusiasts, but you should expect to face an MSRP of $27,895 to get it.

Though we can’t discuss every single detail between the 2017 Mazda3 vs 2017 Volkswagen Jetta, we would be happy to answer any of your questions or set you up with a test drive at Holiday Mazda. Either way, it seems clear that the Mazda3 has an edge in many key areas.

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