Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Honda Accord Sedan VS 2018 Audi A4 Near New Bern, NC

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2018 Honda Accord Sedan

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2018 Honda Accord Sedan

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2018 Audi A4

Safety Comparison

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Accord deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Accord’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The A4’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The Accord’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The A4 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Accord and the A4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the Accord 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the A4. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the A4 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 4 times as many Honda dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Accord’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 20th in initial quality. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 26th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

The Accord’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 62 more horsepower (252 vs. 190) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 236) than the A4 2.0 TFSI ultra’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Accord Auto with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the A4 2.0 TFSI ultra FWD Auto (30 city/38 hwy vs. 27 city/37 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Accord uses regular unleaded gasoline. The A4 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Accord has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The A4 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Accord stops shorter than the A4:

 

Accord

A4

 

60 to 0 MPH

109 feet

115 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Accord’s wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than on the A4 (111.4 inches vs. 110 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Accord is .9 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the A4.

Chassis Comparison

The Honda Accord may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 300 pounds less than the Audi A4.

The front grille of the Accord EX 1.5T/EX-L 1.5T uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The A4 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Accord uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The A4 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Accord Touring is quieter than the A4 Prestige Quattro (40 vs. 42 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Accord a Large car, while the A4 is rated a Compact.

The Accord has 13.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the A4 (105.6 vs. 92).

The Accord has .6 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom, 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, 4.7 inches more rear legroom and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the A4.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Accord has a much larger trunk than the A4 (16.7 vs. 13 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Accord Sport 2.0T Auto/EX/EX-L/Touring has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The A4 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Accord EX-L/Touring’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The A4 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

If the windows are left open on the Accord the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the A4 can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

Consumer Reports rated the Accord’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the A4’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

When the Accord Touring is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The A4’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Honda Accord and the Audi A4, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Accord was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2018 and 22 of the last 24 years. The A4 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Accord as the 2018 North American Car of the Year. The A4 has never been chosen.

The Honda Accord outsold the Audi A4/S4 by over 9 to one during 2017.

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