Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2017 Honda Accord Sedan VS 2017 BMW 3 Near Houston, TX

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2017 Honda Accord Sedan

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2017 BMW 3

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Honda Accord Sedan are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Collision Mitigation Braking System optional in the Accord Sedan as “Superior.” The 3 Series Sedan scores at most only 3 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

Both the Accord Sedan and the 3 Series Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available lane departure warning systems and front parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda Accord Sedan is safer than the BMW 3 Series Sedan:

 

Accord Sedan

3 Series Sedan

 

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

132

232

Neck Injury Risk

29%

36%

Neck Stress

209 lbs.

345 lbs.

Neck Compression

51 lbs.

113 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Honda Accord Sedan is safer than the 3 Series Sedan:

 

Accord

3 Series

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

GOOD

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

178

276

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

1.47/.4 kN

2.6/3.2 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

0%/1%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Tibia index R/L

.55/.61

.89/1.03

Tibia forces R/L

2.1/3.1 kN

6.1/6 kN

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Honda Accord Sedan is safer than the BMW 3 Series Sedan:

 

Accord

3 Series

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

161

258

Chest Movement

.7 inches

1.1 inches

Abdominal Force

150 G’s

232 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

303

326

Spine Acceleration

58 G’s

64 G’s

Hip Force

569 lbs.

688 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

16 inches

17 inches

HIC

289

291

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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 Accord Sedan its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 45 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The 3 Series Sedan was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

Warranty Comparison

Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the Accord Sedan 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the 3 Series Sedan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 3 Series Sedan ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 3 times as many Honda dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Accord Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Accord Sedan’s reliability will be 32% better than the 3 Series Sedan.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 14th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Accord Sedan V6 is faster than the 320i (automatics tested):

 

Accord

3 Series

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98.6 MPH

90.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Accord Sedan V6’s fuel efficiency. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Accord Sedan uses regular unleaded gasoline. The 3 Series Sedan requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Accord Sedan has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the 3 Series Sedan Diesel’s standard fuel tank (17.2 vs. 15 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Accord Sedan has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the 3 Series Sedan’s standard fuel tank (17.2 vs. 15.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Accord Sedan stops much shorter than the 3 Series Sedan:

 

Accord

3 Series

 

80 to 0 MPH

223 feet

225 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

191 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Accord Sedan Sport/Touring’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 3 Series Sedan (235/40R19 vs. 225/40R19).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Accord Sedan’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Accord Sedan is 2.2 inches wider in the front and .9 inches wider in the rear than the track on the 3 Series Sedan.

The Accord Sedan Sport handles at .87 G’s, while the 340i pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Accord Sedan uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by AutoWeek, the interior of the Accord Sedan EX-L is quieter than the 330i:

 

Accord Sedan

3 Series Sedan

At idle

37.3 dB

51 dB

Full-Throttle

71.3 dB

75 dB

60 MPH Cruising

61.2 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Accord Sedan is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the 3 Series Sedan is rated a Compact.

The Accord Sedan has 7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the 3 Series Sedan (103.2 vs. 96.2).

The Accord Sedan has .5 inches more front legroom, 3.5 inches more front shoulder room, 3.4 inches more rear legroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the 3 Series Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Accord Sedan has a much larger trunk than the 3 Series Sedan (15.8 vs. 13 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Accord Sedan EX/EX-L/Touring Auto 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 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Consumer Reports rated the Accord Sedan’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the 3 Series Sedan’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Accord Sedan’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the 3 Series Sedan’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Accord Sedan has standard extendable sun visors. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Accord Sedan is less expensive to operate than the 3 Series Sedan because it costs $441 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Accord Sedan than the 3 Series Sedan, including $505 less for a water pump, $227 less for an alternator, $79 less for a starter, $87 less for front struts, $798 less for a timing belt/chain and $121 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Accord Sedan will be $12676 to $13009 less than for the BMW 3 Series Sedan.

Recommendations Comparison

The Honda Accord Sedan has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Accord Sedan

3 Series Sedan

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

TRUE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

TRUE

The 2017 Accord was chosen one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” and has been for the past 31 years. The 3 Series hasn’t been picked since 2014.

The Honda Accord outsold the BMW 3 Series by almost four to one during the 2016 model year.

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