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2021 Volkswagen Jetta vs. 2021 Chevrolet Malibu Review

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2021 Volkswagen
Jetta

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2021 Chevrolet
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MSRP*
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$18,995 to $28,045
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$22,270 to $33,500
Invoice* $18,235 to $26,924 $22,248 to $32,294
MPG - City 29 - 30 22 - 29
MPG - Hwy 39 - 41 33 - 36
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 4 years/50,000 miles 3 years/36,000 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
Passengers in the back seat will feel a little more squished in the Volkswagen Jetta than in the Chevrolet Malibu, due to the Volkswagen Jetta's smaller rear head- and legroom. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Jetta, drivers may find the Chevrolet Malibu a little roomier and somewhat more comfortable.

Convenience
The Chevrolet Malibu requires fewer visits to the gas station than the Volkswagen Jetta, making it more convenient to drive.

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). When looking only at MSRP, the Volkswagen Jetta will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Chevrolet Malibu. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Volkswagen Jetta and the Chevrolet Malibu have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Volkswagen Jetta is much slimmer than the Chevrolet Malibu, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. The Volkswagen Jetta is slightly shorter than the Chevrolet Malibu, which may make it easier to park.

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

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

Performance
The Volkswagen Jetta has less horsepower than the Chevrolet Malibu, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Volkswagen Jetta and the Chevrolet Malibu. The Volkswagen Jetta has less cargo capacity than the Chevrolet Malibu, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Volkswagen Jetta than that of the Chevrolet Malibu.