2011 Mazda
RX-8 R3
vs. 2011 Volkswagen
Jetta TDI

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

10.0

starting from

$24,865

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Jetta TDI

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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
42 mpg
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Fantastic range on the highway
609 miles
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Good city fuel efficiency
30 mpg
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Fantastic range in the city
435 miles
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3

8.7

Runner-up

Mazda RX-8 R3

starting from

$33,085

Reasons to buy the Mazda RX-8 R3

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Sporty performance
13.2 lb/hp
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
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OK drivetrain traction
rear-wheel drive
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Average-sized front seats
51.7 ft3
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
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  • Almost the same
Cost 10.0 vs 9.6
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  • Gets around 90% more miles per gallon in the city, 30 mpg vs 16 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $8,220 cheaper (more than 20% less), $24,865 vs $33,085
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both vehicles have above average braking abilities for this class of vehicle
Overall 10.0 vs 8.7

Luxury Features

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Jetta TDI
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Mazda
RX-8 R3
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Jetta TDI's standard sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Cost

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Jetta TDI
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2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Mazda
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MSRP $24,865 vs $33,085 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 30 mpg vs 16 mpg The Jetta TDI has great city mileage, but the RX-8 R3 is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

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Jetta TDI
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Mazda
RX-8 R3
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 4 The Jetta TDI has an OK number of airbags while the RX-8 R3 has very few (missing Rear Curtain)
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Rear brakes Unknown vs Disc
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child door locks Standard vs Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Jetta TDI; optional upgrade on the RX-8 R3
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Crash Test Ratings

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Jetta TDI
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 5 stars The RX-8 R3 is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the Jetta TDI
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs Unknown

Performance

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Jetta TDI
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2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Mazda
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Horsepower 140 HP @ 4,000 RPM vs 232 HP @ 8,500 RPM The RX-8 R3 is of average power, but the Jetta TDI is underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission Both the Jetta TDI's semi-automatic transmission and the RX-8 R3's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs None The Jetta TDI's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 22.9 lb/hp vs 13.2 lb/hp The RX-8 R3 is a sporty car, but the Jetta TDI is sluggish
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The RX-8 R3 has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.4 ft vs 34.8 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

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Jetta TDI
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2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Mazda
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Passengers 5 vs 4 The Jetta TDI has the usual number of seats, while the RX-8 R3 has very few
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Highway driving range 609 miles vs 372 miles The Jetta TDI gets fantastic distance, but the RX-8 R3 is very limited
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Cargo space 15.5 ft3 vs 7.6 ft3 The Jetta TDI has OK cargo room, while the RX-8 R3 has very little
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front seats 48.7 ft3 vs 51.7 ft3 The RX-8 R3 has average-sized front seats, while the Jetta TDI is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The Jetta TDI's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the RX-8 R3
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Jetta TDI offers an optional navigation system; not available on the RX-8 R3
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Cupholders 4 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Jetta TDI
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Number of speakers 6 vs 8 The RX-8 R3 has an OK number of speakers, while the Jetta TDI has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Jetta TDI's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

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Jetta TDI
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2011 Mazda RX-8 R3 Mazda
RX-8 R3
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0-60 mph 8.3 seconds vs 6.7 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 113 ft vs 117 ft Both vehicles have above average braking abilities for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 16.2 s s @ 86.7 mph mph vs 15.2 s s @ 92.0 mph mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.82 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 130 mph vs 145 mph Both vehicles' top speed is just average

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