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2023 Volkswagen Jetta vs Honda Civic: Which option is right for you?

Both the 2023 Volkswagen Jetta and the 2023 Honda Civic have a lot to offer consumers. Both cars deliver exceptional performance and are responsive to the desires of enthusiasts. Both cars have also received numerous upgrades for the 2023 model year and both cars are among the most spacious in their segment. Still, decisions have to be made and if you’re looking for your next compact sedan, it’s likely that the Jetta and Civic are on your list.

Volkswagen Jetta 2023 vs Honda Civic 2023: The Jetta has the upper hand in terms of performance and value

The 2023 Volkswagen Jetta is the only car in the compact sedan segment that is designed and manufactured in Germany. This gives the Jetta a distinct advantage in terms of the feel of the road, the handling and confidence it offers, and the performance it delivers.

For example, the 2023 Volkswagen Jetta is the most powerful car in its class with a standard 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that produces 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. This engine replaces the previous 1.4L turbo that was offered on the Jetta last year. The 2023 Honda Civic also offers a turbocharged 1.5L engine, but it only offers 177 lb-ft of torque and is not standard. The standard powertrain in the 2023 Honda Civic is a 2.0L 4-cylinder that delivers 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque.

That means the Jetta delivers more entry-level torque than the Civic, and by a lot. It also means that Jetta owners will enjoy improved passing and safer acceleration, even in the entry-level model, without having to sacrifice fuel economy, as both cars average less than 7 L/100 km.

By the way, the 2023 Volkswagen Jetta is the only one of the two to be offered with a six-speed manual transmission. Add to that the fact that the Jetta has more headroom in the back than the Civic, which will be more accommodating to taller passengers, and the fact that the Jetta has a starting price about $3,000 less than the Honda Civic, and you begin to see why many people are loyal to the Volkswagen compact sedan. Call us today to learn more about the 2023 Volkswagen Jetta.