The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs the 2016 Mazda3


2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Mazda3

The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta has been optimized to provide a casual, comfortable, and quiet ride, which makes it ideal for West Hollywood and Beverly Hills area drivers. And with a modern sense of style and a commitment to fuel economy, the Jetta is similarly equipped to tackle the greater Los Angeles area as well. Take a look at this side-by-side comparison between the Jetta and the 2016 Mazda3, and see for yourself how compelling the Jetta is.

Comparing Sedan Performance

Featuring an available 2.0L turbocharged engine, the new Volkswagen Jetta achieves 210 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. This level of power helps it to deliver a smooth ride, and its fine tuned four-corner suspension ensures a responsive and capable experience. The 17-inch alloy wheels guarantee a balance between performance, economy, and stability, which is important for the sedan's grace, and its 104.4-inch wheelbase similarly blends handling and precise handling. The Jetta also boasts a selection of active safety features, including blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and a rear traffic alert, to keep you secure on the Los Angeles roads.

The 2016 Mazda3 cannot provide the same power as its competitor. Its 2.0L DOHC SKYACTIV engine, which only realizes 155 horsepower, and even the 3's most powerful engine, the 2.5L SKYACTIV engine, only reaches 184 horsepower. The Mazda3 is also longer than the Jetta, which keeps it from turning as precisely, nor does it offer the same quality when it comes to active safety features.

2017 VW Jetta

Available Features

Now let’s see what each vehicle offers when it comes to available features. We’ll start by taking a look at the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta:

  • Leather-trimmed sports seats
  • Heated seats
  • Keyless access with push-button start
  • Eight-speaker Fender premium audio system
  • Volkswagen Car-Net
  • Bluetooth wireless streaming technology

Next we’ll see what features the 2016 Mazda3 offers drivers:

  • Cloth-trimmed sports seats
  • Keyless access with push-button start
  • Standard six-speaker audio system
  • MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system
  • Bluetooth audio streaming


Choosing Your Next Sedan

The 2016 Mazda3's features can't quite match up to the entertainment and convenience options of the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta. The Mazda3 also can’t match the available power, quiet ride, or overall nuance of the Jetta. At the end of the day, the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta comes out on top.

Test Drive the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta at Volkswagen Santa Monica

If you’re a driver in the West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, or Los Angeles area, come into Volkswagen Santa Monica to try the new Volkswagen Jetta. Call us at 855-459-7323 to set up your test drive, or reach out to us online. We'll see you at our showroom, located at 2440 Santa Monica Boulevard in Santa Monica, CA.


*Prices exclude transportation, taxes, title, other options and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.

**EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.