2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2017 Honda Civic

Have you been looking at four-door sedans? Then we have a treat for you. Here we will be comparing two of the best to determine who comes out on top once and for all. See the conclusion that we came to for yourself in our 2017 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2017 Honda Civic Sedan comparison. We will look at everything from fuel economy and power to comfort and styling.

Let’s start by looking at the styling of these two models before we get into numbers. Typically this is more an issue left up to taste as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the strange lines of the Civic Sedan are nothing if not off-putting. From the duckbill sitting over the grill to the odd rear proportions, this thing looks confused at best. The Jetta on the other hand is bold, stylish, elegant, and dare we say timeless. Even if you don’t agree, you should keep reading to see how these two models fair in other categories.

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2017 Volkswagen Jetta


2017 Honda Civic Sedan

Manual or Automatic Transmission Options Manual or CVT
210 Max Horsepower 174
15.7 Cubic-Feet Max Cargo Volume 14.7 Cubic-Feet
14.5 Gallons Fuel Capacity 12.4 Gallons

How does the 2017 Jetta compare to the competition?

The first thing we should talk about is the transmission. Both models offer a manual, but beyond that their transmission options vary wildly. The Civic uses a continuously variable transmission or what’s commonly referred to as a CVT. Though in some instances a CVT can provide better fuel economy, they are prone to breaking, can be expensive to repair, and are typically less fun to drive. Without individual gears, you will find the Civic to be sluggish when trying to accelerate at highway speeds. The Jetta with its automatic on the other hand is always ready to go, and it’s always fun to drive too!

Speaking of fun, the Jetta has a whole lot more power available. The Civic with its top trim 1.5-liter engine can only produce 174 horsepower, while meanwhile the Jetta with its available 2.0-liter turbo is capable of putting out 210 horsepower. Which would you rather get behind the wheel of?

If you were worried about cargo space, then let the Jetta lay those fears to rest. It has a full cubic foot more cargo room than the Civic Sedan. That’s enough to fit in a few more bags of groceries or an extra box when you’re moving.

When it comes to fuel efficiency, everything depends on which engine options you choose for each of these two vehicles. If you look at the most fuel-efficient options, then these two are extremely comparable. In fact, they are within one mpg when it comes to combined highway and city EPA fuel efficiency scores. Because of this the difference in fuel capacity becomes huge. With over 2 extra gallons in the tank you can count on going farther in between fill ups with the VW Jetta.

Whether you are decided on the Jetta or need to see and interact with one for yourself, the team at Folsom Lake Volkswagen can help. Come down to our location in Folsom, and let us show you everything that a Jetta has to offer.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta steering wheel and gauge cluster
2017 Volkswagen Jetta infotainment system
2017 Volkswagen Jetta automatic shift lever
2017 Volkswagen Jetta leather seats

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