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

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2018 Volkswagen Passat

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2018 Volkswagen Passat

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2018 Honda Accord

Safety Comparison

The Passat 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 Passat 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, lane departure warning systems, 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, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Passat the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 136 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Accord has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

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

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

The Passat’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 28 more horsepower (280 vs. 252) than the Accord’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Volkswagen Passat V6 is faster than the Honda Accord 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. (automatics tested):




Zero to 30 MPH

2.5 sec

2.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

7.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.1 sec

12.8 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2.6 sec

4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

100.9 MPH

89.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Passat has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Accord (18.5 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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




Front Rotors

12.3 inches

11.5 inches

The Passat stops much shorter than the Accord:





60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Passat SE handles at .83 G’s, while the Accord EX pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Passat SEL Premium executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Accord EX (26.9 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Passat’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Accord’s (36.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The Passat’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the Accord Sport Manual/Sport 2.0T/EX-L 2.0T/Touring 2.0T’s (36.4 feet vs. 39.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Passat SEL Premium is quieter than the Accord Sport (40 vs. 41 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Passat has .1 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more rear headroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Accord.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Passat’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.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Passat’s available trunk can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Accord doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The power windows standard on both the Passat and the Accord have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Passat 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 Passat’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 standard on the Passat R-Line/SE/SEL 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.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Passat (except S/R-Line/GT) offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Accord doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Both the Passat and the Accord offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Passat R-Line/SE/GT/SEL has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Accord doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The Passat SEL Premium’s Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Accord doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

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

Motor Trend selected the Passat as their 2012 Car of the Year. The Accord has never been chosen.

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