Pecheles Automotive Compares 2017 Audi A4 VS 2017 Honda Accord Near New Bern, NC

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2017 Audi A4

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2017 Audi A4

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2017 Honda Accord

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi A4 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Honda Accord Sedan doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The A4’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The A4 has standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The A4 offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The A4 Prestige has a standard Top and Corner View Cameras to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Accord Sedan only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

To help make backing safer, the A4’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The A4 offers an optional SOS telematic system, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the A4 and the Accord Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty Comparison

The A4 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Accord Sedan’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The A4’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Accord Sedan’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

The Audi A4’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Accord Sedan’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

The camshafts in the A4’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Accord Sedan EX-L V6/Touring 3.5 SOHC V6’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Accord Sedan’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 14th in initial quality. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd.

Engine Comparison

The A4’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 67 more horsepower (252 vs. 185) and 92 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 181) than the Accord Sedan’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The A4’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 63 more horsepower (252 vs. 189) and 91 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 182) than the Accord Sedan Sport’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The A4’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 21 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 252) than the Accord Sedan EX-L V6/Touring’s standard 3.5 SOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi A4 is faster than the Honda Accord Sedan (automatics tested):



Accord Sedan

Accord Sedan Sport

Zero to 30 MPH

1.8 sec

3.2 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

7.7 sec

7.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13.9 sec

19.8 sec

20.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6 sec

8.1 sec

7.6 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.9 sec

3.9 sec

3.9 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3.8 sec

4.8 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

13.9 sec

16.1 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100 MPH

91 MPH

91 MPH

Top Speed

130 MPH

127 MPH

127 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the A4’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the A4’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Accord Sedan:



Accord Sedan LX

Accord Sedan Sport/Touring

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

11.1 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.1 inches

11.1 inches

The A4’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Accord Sedan are solid, not vented.

The A4 stops much shorter than the Accord Sedan:



Accord Sedan


70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the A4 has larger standard tires than the Accord Sedan (225/50R17 vs. 205/65R16). The A4’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Accord Sedan (245/40R18 vs. 235/40R19).

The A4’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Accord Sedan LX’s standard 65 series tires. The A4’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Accord Sedan Sport/Touring’s 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A4 has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Accord Sedan LX.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The A4 offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Accord Sedan’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the A4’s wheelbase is 1.7 inches longer than on the Accord Sedan (111 inches vs. 109.3 inches).

The A4’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (56% to 44%) than the Accord Sedan’s (58.8% to 41.2%). This gives the A4 more stable handling and braking.

The A4 Premium Plus Quattro handles at .92 G’s, while the Accord Sedan EX-L pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The A4 Premium Plus Quattro executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3.1 seconds quicker than the Accord Sedan EX-L (25.3 seconds @ .74 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The A4 is 6.4 inches shorter than the Accord Sedan, making the A4 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the A4 Prestige Quattro is quieter than the Accord Sedan EX-L:



Accord Sedan

At idle

42 dB

43 dB


70 dB

81 dB

70 MPH Cruising

63 dB

68 dB

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The A4’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Accord Sedan’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the A4’s trunk can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The A4 also offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Ergonomics Comparison

The A4 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the A4 and the Accord Sedan have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the A4 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Accord Sedan prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The A4’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Accord Sedan’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. With the Accord Sedan EX/EX-L/Touring’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

The A4’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Accord Sedan’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the A4 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The A4 has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the A4 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The A4’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the Accord Sedan EX/EX-L/Touring.

The A4 offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Accord Sedan offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the A4 Prestige keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the A4’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the A4 is less expensive to operate than the Accord Sedan because typical repairs cost less on the A4 than the Accord Sedan, including $97 less for a power steering pump.

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