Volkswagen Jetta vs Mazda3

Volkswagen Jetta

When you’re browsing for a new sedan to tackle your commutes around Springfield and Callaway, it’s important to understand what’s on the market and how it measures up. Well, that’s why we at Volkswagen of Panama City put together this side-by-side comparison between the Volkswagen Jetta vs. the Mazda3.

Below, you’ll get a clear look at how these two vehicles stack up against each other, where we’ll cover fuel economy, interior styling, and safety suites. Keep reading to see which one has an edge!
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VW Jetta vs Mazda3: An Efficient Competition

Volkswagen Jetta MPGUnder the hoods of the 2019 VW Jetta and Mazda3 are similar 4-cylinder engines. While they’re quite alike when it comes to base setups, as both have 6-speed transmissions, the Volkswagen model has an available 8-speed transmission with Tiptronic® and an available Driving Mode Select. The VW Jetta is also the only turbocharged sedan in this head-to-head.

The more notable mention, however, is that the VW Jetta has a better driving range. Since turbocharged engines are known to blend efficiency and performance, it makes sense that the VW Jetta gets up to an EPA-estimated 30 city/40 highway MPG.1 Unfortunately, you’ll only have 26 city/35 highway MPG in the Mazda3.

A Battle of Tech & Connectivity

You’ll be surrounded by technology if you choose to sit in the cockpit of either sedan. Off the starting line, it’s apparent just how much work Volkswagen has put into the VW Jetta model’s interior. It features a high-quality audio system with smartphone integration and Bluetooth® audio streaming. Unlike the Mazda3, the base trim VW Jetta offers Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™.

Another feature that sets Volkswagen apart from Mazda is available 10-color ambient lighting around the cabin of the VW Jetta. Pick your favorite color or switch it up depending on the mood. While both cockpits are truly driver-focused, the VW Jetta can be fitted with the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit.

This customizable interface allows you to store up to four driver profiles and has an available full-screen navigation view that encompasses the entire cockpit multi-information display. Now there’s almost no reason to get lost when you’re out of town.

Mazda3 vs VW Jetta: Safety Rivalry

Volkswagen Jetta Both the VW Jetta and Mazda3 have you covered thoroughly when it comes to safety. You’ll find systems that help to maintain traction, which is labeled Electronic Stability Control (ESC) in the VW model. Of course, there are Anti-Lock Braking Systems (ABS) and advanced airbag systems, all standardly equipped. So which car has the advantage?

As for advanced safety, the 2019 VW Jetta leads the way thanks to a few features you won’t see in the Mazda3 at all or unless you opt for a trim-level upgrade. These include systems such as an Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS) and an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. If an impact deploys the airbags, the ICRS can shut off the fuel pump, unlock the doors, and turn on your hazard lights.

Which Sedan Will You Choose?

After reading through our head-to-head VW Jetta vs. Mazda3 guide, it’s easy to see why these efficient, well-appointed, and stylish sedans are stirring up quite the conversation. However, there can only be one model that comes out on top—the Volkswagen Jetta. It not only boasts better gas mileage, but also offers more standard safety features and a customizable interior.

Once you’re ready to get behind the wheel of the VW Jetta, contact us at Volkswagen of Panama City to schedule a test drive on the roads of Springfield and Callaway.



1 30 city/40 highway mpg (2019 Jetta 1.4L, 6-speed manual transmission). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.


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