Volkswagen Jetta vs Competitors for Sale in West Warwick, RI
The Volkswagen Jetta has been making a lot of people happy around the globe since 1979. This compact four-door is a continual best-seller due to its appealing one-two punch of trustworthy German craftsmanship and affordability. While it’s definitely a segment standout, it’s not the only small car with those appealing qualities. The 2020 VW Jetta has to contend with other strong contenders like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Nissan Sentra, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, and Mazda3. On this page, we examine how the 2020 Jetta matches up – and often outdoes – these rivals.
Pricing and Fuel Economy
With a starting MSRP of only $18,895, the 2020 VW Jetta is less expensive than most of the aforementioned rivals. Compare that to the base MSRPs of the Civic ($19,750), Corolla ($19,600), Elantra ($19,300), and Mazda3 ($21,500). Plus, the 2020 VW Jetta is more fuel efficient than the Civic, Corolla, Sentra, and Forte. The 2020 Jetta is made with either a manual or automatic transmission, and both are rated for the same EPA-estimated 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway. The manual Civic returns 25 city/36 highway, and its best rating with the available continuously variable transmission (CVT) is 30 city/38 highway, which still falls short of the Jetta. The manual Corolla makes 29 city/36 highway, edging up to 31 city/40 on one specific CVT-equipped trim configuration (most Corolla trims with the CVT yield 30 city/38 highway). The manual Forte is rated for 27 city/37 highway, and 27 city/35 highway with the 7-speed automatic. The Sentra and Mazda3 aren’t available with a manual transmission, but they’re still less efficient, achieving only 29 city/37 highway and 26 city/35 highway, respectively.
While the base Civic may make a bit more horsepower than the 2020 VW Jetta, its lb.-ft. of torque is less impressive, twisting out only 138 while the Jetta makes 184. The base Elantra and Forte are equal to the 2020 VW Jetta in terms of hp, but their torque rating also falls short at 132 lb.-ft. The 147-hp 2020 VW Jetta is more powerful all around than the base Corolla, which puts out 139 hp and 126 lb.-ft. The Sentra is especially unexciting in the acceleration department, since it produces just 130 hp and 128 lb.-ft. of torque.
Warranty and Amenities
VW provides a longer-lasting warranty than Honda, Toyota, Nissan, and Mazda. Its new vehicle limited warranty covers 4 years/50,000 miles, while Honda’s, Toyota’s, Nissan’s, and Mazda’s are only good for 3 years/36,000 miles. In addition, VW includes a 2-year/25,000-mile complimentary maintenance plan, while Honda, Nissan, and Mazda do not. Even though the Elantra and Forte are the leaders in the warranty department, they’re not as competitive in their standard amenities. We looked at similarly priced (around $23,000) trim levels of each car mentioned here and noted that the 2020 VW Jetta SE gets a standard panoramic sunroof, while the Elantra Limited is only eligible for an optional regular-sized sunroof. The Forte GT Manual gets a standard sunroof, but it’s not panoramic. Also, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, and remote engine start can be added through the 2020 VW Jetta’s available Cold Weather Package. The Elantra and Forte do not allow for any of those.
During the month of July, when you buy any preowned vehicle from Balise, we’ll include a 3-year maintenance plan. One thing is certain in these challenging times: we’re all in this together. Being there for each other is what will get us through it all, and Balise is here to help with a new special offer. That means we’ll cover every factory-recommended oil change, tire rotation, and multi-point inspection for the next 3 years so you can keep that cash for life’s other necessities.
All of our preowned stock is priced below market, and our inventory changes daily. From sedans to SUVs, there’s something for every driver in our selection of well-maintained used vehicles. If you see a vehicle you like, just give us a call and we’ll set up a safe test drive in accordance with all of the current health guidelines.
Qualified buyers who finance through Balise may also have their payments deferred for 3 months. We hope that this springtime special can be the bridge to better financial times for our valued customers.
36-month maintenance plan included with purchase of any used vehicle from 5/1/2020 through 7/31/2020, commencing on agreement application date. Plan valid for oil changes, tire rotations and multi-point inspections at Balise dealerships for vehicle manufacturer’s normal usage scheduled intervals only. Severe/heavy duty schedules and additional maintenance items may be required or recommended and are not included. Plan is not transferable to another vehicle or owner. Not valid for purchases made prior to 5/1/2020. Some exclusions may apply, see dealer for details.
Customer has option to defer monthly payments for up to 90 days (must finance with dealer, not all will qualify). Monthly payments begin 90 days from contract date. Contract date must be between 5/1/2020-7/31/2020. Customer responsible for accrued interest charges. Down payment may be required. Not valid for purchases made prior to 5/1/2020. See dealer for details.
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