2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Honda Civic

If there’s one segment that will always thrive, it’s compact cars. Not only are they inexpensive compared to other options, but no other vehicles are able to display such a show of fuel economy. Perfect for commuters, college students and those who simply don’t require a lot of space, the market for economy models isn’t going anywhere. A comparison of two popular models, the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Honda Civic, perfectly highlights the sort of things shoppers should be considering when it comes to pick between the many appealing options available right now. In each model, you’ll find all the necessary standard features, such as cruise control, power windows and locks, Bluetooth with audio, a multi-function steering wheel and a touchscreen infotainment system. Driver assistance features are also being added to higher trims or being made available in special packages to add value even to these traditionally stripped down models to bring safety and security to families.

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2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Honda Civic
$17,680 Starting MSRP $18,640
28 city/40 hwy MPG 27 city/40 hwy
15.7 cu. ft. Cargo 15.1 cu. ft.
1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder Base Engine 2.0-liter 4-cylinder

How do you choose between the 2016 VW Jetta and Honda Civic?

The Honda Civic has a solid reputation, so you might be wondering if the Jetta isn’t as durable over time. A recent study from YourMechanic shows it is, with both the Civic and the Jetta costing about the same to maintain over a 10-year period. So why pay more for the Honda just because the brand is more popular in the U.S.?

The 2016 Honda Civic has a new look that gives it a slightly sportier edge than the bean-like shape it has had in the past, but its base engine remains surprisingly similar to the Jetta, which might seem misleading. The 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated engine delivers 158 horsepower compared to 150 from the new 1.4-liter turbocharged base engine in the Jetta. You won’t find a more potent option until you move up to the EX-T trim of the Civic, which boosts the horsepower to 174, but the Jetta offers a much less expensive Sport trim that has a 1.8-liter turbo four with 170 horsepower.

If these numbers seem slightly lower, keep in mind that the Civic doesn’t match engine torque, with the base option offering 138 pound-feet in the base engine and 162 pound-feet in the upgraded engine. Compare this to the Jetta which offers 184 pound-feet of torque in both engine options, and even has a 2.0-liter in GLI trims to provide an impressive 210 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. Long story, the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta is more spirited at every trim level.

The best way to see which model is right for you is to stop by Garnet Volkswagen for a test drive. The features are similar for each vehicle, so the deciding factor will be the driving experience. Schedule a test drive to find out for yourself whether the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta is the right choice for you.

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