Small Sedan Comparison: The 2019 Mazda 3 vs The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

2019 Mazda 3 and 2019 Volkswagen Jetta
The 2019 Mazda 3 (left) and the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta (right).

Let’s say you’re in the market for a compact sedan but want to go beyond the predictable, safe choices of Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic.  Have I got a review for you.  There are two other strong candidates, both brand-new for 2019 and both ended up in my driveway at the same time---a situation just begging a comparison test.

The Platinum Gray four-door you see is the 2019 Jetta 1.4T SEL.  And positively glittering in Soul Red Crystal Metallic is the 2019 Mazda 3 Sedan with Premium Package AWD (that’s the name on the window sticker).


0 to 60 in 3.5: The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

Front view of 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
The 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

Sir Isaac Newton’s third law of physics says for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.   So it is with automobiles.  At a time when many manufacturers are making vehicles that run on electricity, Fiat Chrysler is making the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.  It runs on gasoline.  Lots and lots of gasoline.  So. Much. Gasoline.