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2021 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2021 Volkswagen Jetta Review

New 2021 Chevrolet Malibu

2021 Chevrolet
Malibu

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New 2021 Volkswagen Jetta

2021 Volkswagen
Jetta

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MSRP*
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$22,140 to $33,370
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$18,995 to $28,045
Invoice* $22,118 to $32,169 $18,235 to $26,924
MPG - City 22 - 29 29 - 30
MPG - Hwy 33 - 36 39 - 41
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
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
The Chevrolet Malibu offers a bit more room for passengers in the back seat than the Volkswagen Jetta. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Jetta, the Chevrolet Malibu may be a little roomier and more comfortable for the driver and front seat passengers.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Chevrolet Malibu as you will with the Volkswagen Jetta, 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). The Chevrolet Malibu is somewhat more expensive than the Volkswagen Jetta. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. In this case, the Chevrolet Malibu will cost less to deliver to the dealership than the Volkswagen Jetta.

Dimensions
Since the Chevrolet Malibu is much wider than the Volkswagen Jetta, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. For some people, bigger is better. If that's the case for you, then you'll be happier with the Chevrolet Malibu, which is slightly longer than the Volkswagen Jetta.

Drivetrain
With similar torque, the Chevrolet Malibu and the Volkswagen Jetta do an equal job of transmitting their engine's power to their wheels.

Handling
The Chevrolet Malibu has about the same turning radius as the Volkswagen Jetta, allowing equal maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Chevrolet Malibu is somewhat more powerful than the Volkswagen Jetta.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Chevrolet Malibu and the Volkswagen Jetta. The Chevrolet Malibu has a roomier cargo area for holding your bags or other items than the Volkswagen Jetta.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Chevrolet Malibu is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Volkswagen Jetta.