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2015 Volkswagen Golf 2014 Mazda Mazda3 2007 Toyota Highlander
 
4dr HB Man S
  • 4dr HB Man S
  • 2dr HB Man Launch Edition
  • 2dr HB Man TSI S
  • 2dr HB Auto TSI S
  • 4dr HB Auto TSI S
  • 4dr HB Man TSI S w/Sunroof
  • 4dr HB Man TDI S
  • 4dr HB Auto TSI S w/Sunroof
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI S
  • 4dr HB Auto TSI SE
  • 4dr HB Man TDI SE
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI SE
  • 4dr HB Auto TSI SEL
  • 4dr HB Man TDI SEL
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI SEL
4dr Sdn Auto i SV
  • 4dr Sdn Man i SV
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i SV
  • 4dr Sdn Man i Sport
  • 5dr HB Man i Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Sport
  • 4dr Sdn Man i Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto i Sport
  • 5dr HB Man i Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto i Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Man i Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Man i Grand Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto i Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto i Grand Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto s Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto s Touring
  • 4dr Sdn Auto s Grand Touring
  • 5dr HB Auto s Grand Touring
2WD 4dr 4-Cyl (Natl)
  • 2WD 4dr V6 (SE)
  • 2WD 4dr 4-Cyl (Natl)
  • 2WD 4dr 4-Cyl (SE)
  • 2WD 4dr 4-Cyl (GS)
  • 2WD 4dr 4-Cyl w/3rd Row (Natl)
  • 2WD 4dr 4-Cyl w/3rd Row (SE)
  • 2WD 4dr 4-Cyl w/3rd Row (GS)
  • 2WD 4dr V6 (Natl)
  • 2WD 4dr V6 (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr 4-Cyl (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr 4-Cyl (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr 4-Cyl (GS)
  • 2WD 4dr V6 w/3rd Row (Natl)
  • 2WD 4dr V6 w/3rd Row (SE)
  • 2WD 4dr V6 w/3rd Row (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 (GS)
  • 2WD 4dr V6 Sport (Natl)
  • 2WD 4dr V6 Sport (SE)
  • 2WD 4dr V6 Sport (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 w/3rd Row (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 w/3rd Row (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 w/3rd Row (GS)
  • 2WD 4dr V6 Sport w/3rd Row (Natl)
  • 2WD 4dr V6 Sport w/3rd Row (SE)
  • 2WD 4dr V6 Sport w/3rd Row (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Sport (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Sport (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Sport (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Sport w/3rd Row (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Sport w/3rd Row (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Sport w/3rd Row (GS)
  • 2WD 4dr V6 Limited w/3rd Row (Natl)
  • 2WD 4dr V6 Limited w/3rd Row (SE)
  • 2WD 4dr V6 Limited w/3rd Row (GS)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Limited w/3rd Row (Natl)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Limited w/3rd Row (SE)
  • 4WD 4dr V6 Limited w/3rd Row (GS)

Prices

MSRP $0 $17,995 $24,880
Invoice $0 $17,495 $22,141
Avg. Paid N/A $18,287 N/A

U.S. News Scores

Overall 9.0 8.8 9.3
Critics' Rating 9.1 9.6 9.6
Performance 8.2 9.3 7.5
Interior 8.4 7.6 8.1
Safety 10.0 9.7 9.3
Reliability N/A 2.5 4.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Exceptional cargo space
  • Top-notch interior materials
  • Golf TDI’s excellent fuel economy
  • Long-haul comfortable front seats
  • Nimble handling
  • Nimble handling
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Long list of available tech features
  • Receives excellent safety scores in crash tests
  • Roomy for four to five passengers
  • Solid reliability history
  • Good on-pavement handling
Cons
  • Small touch-screen display
  • Few driver assistance features
  • Limited cargo space in sedan 
  • Conservative, unoriginal styling
  • V6 model is pricey compared to most competitors
  • Optional third-row seating is very cramped for adults

General Specs

Transmission Manual Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 1.8 L/110 Regular Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/122 Gas I4 2.4L/144
MPG N/A 30 City / 41 Hwy 22 City / 28 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style Hatchback Sedan 4 Door

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 106.3 106.9
Length, Overall (in) 180.3 184.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.7 71.9
Height, Overall (in) 57.3 67.9

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass Optional
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional
Running Boards Optional
Rear Spoiler Optional Optional Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2848 3516

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard
Full Size Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Optional Optional
Wheel Locks Optional Optional
Steel Wheels Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard

Towing

Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Optional
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Optional
Fog Lamps Optional Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Keyless Start Optional
Luggage Rack Optional Standard
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Optional
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Optional
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Optional
Rear Floor Mats Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard Optional
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Mirror Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Optional
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Optional
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 96.3 104.7
Front Head Room (in) 38.6 40.0
Front Leg Room (in) 42.2 40.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.2 57.9
Front Hip Room (in) 55.5 55.1
Second Head Room (in) 37.6 39.8
Second Leg Room (in) 35.8 36.4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.4 57.0
Second Hip Room (in) 53.5 54.9
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 12.4
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 80.6
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 39.7
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.)

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
Cassette Standard
CD Changer Optional
CD Player Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard
Premium Sound System Optional
Entertainment System Optional

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard
Leather Seats Optional
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional
Heated Passenger Seat Optional
Driver Lumbar Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard Optional
Power Passenger Seat Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard Optional
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Turbocharged Standard
Engine Type Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4 Gas I4
Displacement 1.8 L/110 2.0 L/122 2.4L/144
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 170 @ 6200 155 @ 6000 155 @ 5700
Torque (Net @ RPM) 184 @ 1500 150 @ 4000 162 @ 4000
Transmission Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic
Turning diameter 35.8 34.8 37.4

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 30 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 41 28
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 13.2 19.2

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Strut Strut Independent
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link Dual-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut Strut MacPherson
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link Multi-Link MacPherson

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
4-Speed Automatic Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard
Manual Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard