Pecheles Automotive Compares 2018 Volkswagen JETTA VS 2018 Honda Accord Near Washington, NC

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2018 Volkswagen JETTA

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2018 Volkswagen JETTA

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2018 Honda Accord

Safety Comparison

The Jetta has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Accord doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Jetta has standard post collision braking, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Accord 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.

Both the Jetta and the Accord have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Jetta its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 60 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Accord has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

The Jetta comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The Accord’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 3 years and 36,000 miles sooner.

The Jetta’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Accord’s (10 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Jetta second among compact cars in their 2017 Initial Quality Study. The Accord isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Jetta 1.8T 1.8 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Honda Accord 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. (automatics tested):




Zero to 30 MPH

2.4 sec

2.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.3 sec

7.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

12.1 sec

12.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.5 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.5 MPH

89.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Jetta 1.4T Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Accord Sport Manual with its standard engine (28 city/40 hwy vs. 26 city/35 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Jetta stops much shorter than the Accord:





60 to 0 MPH

111 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Jetta GLI handles at .90 G’s, while the Accord EX pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Jetta GLI executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Accord EX (26.3 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Jetta’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Accord’s (36.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The Jetta GLI’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Accord Sport Manual/Sport 2.0T/EX-L 2.0T/Touring 2.0T’s (38.1 feet vs. 39.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Volkswagen Jetta may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 pounds less than the Honda Accord.

The Jetta GLI is 10 inches shorter than the Accord, making the Jetta easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Jetta is quieter than the Accord Sport:




At idle

38 dB

41 dB


72 dB

78 dB

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Ergonomics Comparison

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

The Jetta’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’s standard rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

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

The Jetta’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the Accord Sport 2.0T/EX/EX-L/Touring.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Volkswagen Jetta, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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