Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2017 Honda Accord Sedan VS 2017 Volkswagen Passat Near Houston, TX

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2017 Honda Accord Sedan

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2017 Volkswagen Passat

Safety Comparison

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

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 Passat scores only 3 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

Both the Accord Sedan and the Passat 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 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 Volkswagen Passat:

 

Accord Sedan

Passat

 

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

132

312

Neck Injury Risk

29%

39%

Neck Stress

209 lbs.

391 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

211

384

Chest Compression

.7 inches

.8 inches

Neck Injury Risk

35%

41%

Neck Stress

173 lbs.

297 lbs.

Neck Compression

53 lbs.

85 lbs.

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

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 Volkswagen Passat:

 

Accord Sedan

Passat

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.7 inches

.9 inches

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

58 G’s

61 G’s

Hip Force

569 lbs.

627 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

289

305

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

44 G’s

Hip Force

558 lbs.

671 lbs.

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 Passat is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 60 percent more Honda dealers than there are Volkswagen 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 33% better than the Passat.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Accord Sedan third among midsize cars in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Passat isn’t in the top three.

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 Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the Accord Sedan V6 is faster than the Volkswagen Passat V6 (automatics tested):

 

Accord

Passat

Zero to 60 MPH

5.8 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.4 sec

14.8 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Accord Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the Passat:

 

 

Accord

Passat

 

 

4 cyl./Manual

23 city/32 hwy

n/a

 

 

4 cyl./Auto

27 city/36 hwy

n/a

 

 

Sport 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/34 hwy

23 city/34 hwy

2.0T/Auto

 

V6/Auto

21 city/33 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

V6/Auto

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Accord Sedan V6’s fuel efficiency. The Passat 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 Passat requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Accord Sedan stops much shorter than the Passat:

 

Accord

Passat

 

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

191 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Accord Sedan has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Passat’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

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 Passat doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Accord Sedan is .4 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Passat.

The Accord Sedan EX handles at .87 G’s, while the Passat SEL pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Accord Sedan Touring executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Passat SE (26.6 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Accord Sedan V6 (except 4 cyl.) has an electronically controlled liquid-filled front engine mount. A computer-controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The Passat uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

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 Passat doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Accord Sedan EX is quieter than the Passat SEL:

 

Accord Sedan

Passat

At idle

38 dB

40 dB

Full-Throttle

75 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

72 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Accord Sedan has .8 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom and 1.7 inches more front shoulder room than the Passat.

Ergonomics Comparison

If the windows are left down on the Accord Sedan the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Passat can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Accord Sedan’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Passat’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Passat’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Accord Sedan Touring detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Passat doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Accord Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Passat because it costs $414 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Accord Sedan than the Passat, including $242 less for a water pump, $249 less for an alternator, $21 less for front brake pads, $200 less for a starter, $4 less for a fuel pump, $120 less for front struts and $1220 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Accord Sedan will be $792 to $3798 less than for the Volkswagen Passat.

Recommendations Comparison

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

 

Accord Sedan

Passat

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

TRUE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its November 2012 issue and they ranked the Honda Accord Sedan EX first. They ranked the Volkswagen Passat SE fourth.

The 2017 Accord was chosen one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” and has been for the past 31 years. The Passat has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The 2016 Accord was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” and has been for 2 of the last 4 years. The Passat has never been an “All Star.”

The Honda Accord outsold the Volkswagen Passat by almost four to one during the 2016 model year.

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