Mazda3 vs. Volkswagen Jetta

If you’re shopping for used cars in Illinois, Hawk Auto is the place to be. With ten convenient locations and an inventory of thousands of pre-owned vehicles, our highly qualified sales staff can find the car or truck that’s right for you at a price that’s well within your budget.

If you’re shopping for a compact, two you might want to consider are the Mazda3 or the Volkswagen Jetta.



Mazda3 Illinois



Critics agree, the Mazda3 is one of the best compacts available on the market today and one of the best looking as well. The Mazda3’s sleek design is matched by an array of exterior features that included LED headlights, daytime running lights and combination tail lights. It also features body-colored, power side mirrors with integrated turn signals, and for an added element of sporty pizazz, there’s the front grille and rear roof spoiler, both in black finish.

Engine and transmission

Mazda3 is powered by the 4-cylinder SKYACTIV® engine that cranks out 186 HP and delivers an estimated 26 MPG/city and 35 MPG/highway for driving in and around Chicago. And it comes with a 6-speed, electronically controlled sport automatic transmission.


Exterior sportiness is matched by interior comfort and convenience. The Mazda3 seats five with a 60/40 fold-down rear seatback. Interior features also include a dual-zone automatic climate control system, cruise control with steering-wheel mounted controls, Mazda’s Keyless Entry and Start System and a 12-volt power outlet.

Instrumentation and audio

TheMazda3 comes with a 7-inch LCD multi-information display along with trip odometers, current and average fuel consumption and distance-to-empty indicator.

To keep you and your passengers entertained there’s also an AM/FM audio system, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming capability and the MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment system that will keep everyone happy and entertained, no matter how long the trip.


We’re all concerned with safety, and the Mazda3 comes loaded with an abundance of safety features. These include, just to name a few, dual-front airbags and side impact air curtains, knee airbags for the driver and front passenger, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert, lane-keep assist and rear view camera.

We think you’ll agree, the Mazda3 is a heck of a lot of car for the money!

Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen Jetta IL

For the economy minded, the Jetta is a sensible sedan that offers outstanding fuel economy along with upscale features. And no matter what model of the Jetta you choose, all come with a great infotainment system that can be equipped with several driver assists.


Engine and performance

Every Jetta is powered by a front-wheel-drive 1.4L supercharged four-cylinder engine that cranks out 147 HP. The base model Jetta S has a 6-speed manual transmission, but an 8-speed automatic transmission is available and is standard on all other Jetta models.

If the budget is a bit tight, the Jetta offers great fuel economy, with the manual transmission version providing a pretty astounding 48 MPG/highway, while the automatic version comes in at 43 MPG/highway.

Interior and infotainment

Inside, the Jetta provides generous space for both driver and passengers. And except for the base Jetta S, every trim level has dual climate control and a panoramic sunroof to help admire the Chicago skyline.

To provide an abundance of information and keep everyone entertained, every Jetta has a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capability.

For a compact the Jetta has a surprising amount of luggage and cargo space. The trunk can easily hold up to seven suitcases, and with the back seats folded can carry up to a whopping 19 bags!

Mazda3 or Volkswagen Jetta, you really can’t go wrong with either choice. And for used cars in Illinois you can never go wrong with Hawk Auto, so come by one of our locations today and let’s trade!

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