2018 Mazda3 vs. 2018 Volkswagen Jetta

If you’re looking for a compact car but don’t necessarily want a little two-seater like the Mazda MX-5 Miata, perhaps the Mazda3 is up your alley. This is the only model in the lineup that comes available as a traditional sedan as well as a hatchback. The Mazda3 is one of the longest-running Mazda models and it has been fitted with numerous improvements over the years.

That’s all great, but how does it compare to others? We are here today to put the 2018 Mazda3 up against the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta, another respected compact car. We are comparing the base models of each vehicle in our table below.

red mazda3 compared to white volkswagen jetta

2018 Mazda3


2018 Volkswagen Jetta

$18,095 Starting MSRP $18,645
SKYACTIV®-G 155 horsepower, 2.0-liter I4 Base engine specs 150 horsepower, 1.4-liter I4
Available Blind spot monitoring Not available
Available, with voice recognition Integrated navigation Not available

Test drive the 2018 Mazda3 in Irvine CA

Style, efficiency, and technology are three of the pillars of the Mazda brand. The Mazda3 features a more powerful engine than the Volkswagen Jetta, and it is remarkably good on gas. Drivers can expect to average up to 37 highway mpg and 27 city mpg. The Touring and Grand Touring trims come standard with a 2.5-liter turbocharged SKYACTIV®-G engine powered by 184 horses. Aside from what’s under the hood, the car is also packed with features. Base features include MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment, push-button ignition, smart city brake support, and 16-inch steel wheels. Those who opt for the Touring model will get 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, variable heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob, as well as a rear armrest with cup holders. The top-of-the-line Grand Touring comes with LED fog lights, perforated leather-trimmed sport seats, and Bose premium audio.

Come down to Tuttle-Click Mazda to check out the 2018 Mazda3. This car comes with outstanding performance as well as great modern technologies. Our team will go over everything else you need to know like pricing, leasing, and financing options. We hope we see you soon!