2018 Honda Accord

Starting Price: $24,460| Price yours

Above Average: Driving refinement, cutting-edge tech, reliability, resale value

Below Average: Not much

Consensus: The most advanced, most recommendable midsize sedan in the country

 

2018 Volkswagen Passat

Starting Price: $23,845 | Price yours

Above Average: Driving dynamics

Below Average: Resale value, long-term reliability

Consensus: Rewarding to drive, but not so much fun on resale

 

Both the Honda Accord and Volkswagen Passat are big, family-friendly sedans offering an upscale look and feel with numerous high-end options. However, depending on your priorities, it’s a toss up as to which is the better choice. Both offer advanced driver assists such as automatic emergency braking, but while these features are standard on every Accord, they are optional on the base Passat S and standard on all other trims. The Accord’s resale and reliability numbers easily best the Passat, but VW backs up its sedan with a 6-year/72,000 mile warranty that’s double what Honda offers. Both cars come standard with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, but VW also offers an enthusiast-oriented GT V6 trim while Honda counters with a hybrid model delivering 47 mpg. The Passat can park itself, but only the Accord’s front seats can both heat and cool your backside. The Honda Accord was also awarded KBB’s Midsize Car Best Buy of 2018 and Overall Best Buy of 2018.

 

Similarities

A roomy interior, smooth ride and numerous available driver assists are common traits of the Accord and Passat

 

Honda Accord Advantages

Easy-to-use tech, refined upscale interior, driving satisfaction, high-mileage hybrid, standard driver assists

 

Volkswagen Passat Advantages

Upscale interior and features on upper trims, distinct German ride and handling, long standard warranty

 

Final Recommendation

If you’re seeking a roomy, comfortable and dependable midsize sedan with the best fuel economy, best resale and latest driver safety features as standard, the Honda Accord stands out above all others. If you prefer the driving feel only a European sedan can offer backed by an impressive standard warranty, the Volkswagen Passat is the only game in town.

  2018 Honda Accord 2018 Volkswagen Passat
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 1.5-liter turbo I4 2.0-liter turbo I4
Horsepower 192 hp @ 5,500 rpm 174 hp @ 5,000 rpm
Torque 192 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm 184 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm
Transmission Continuously Variable Automatic, 6-spd
Fuel Economy 33 mpg (30 city/38 hwy) 29 mpg (25 city/36 hwy)
Also Available 2.0L turbo I4, hybrid 3.6L V6
Specs    
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 6 years or 72,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 111.4 inches 110.4 inches
Overall Length 192.2 inches 191.9 inches
Width 73.3 inches 72.2 inches
Height 57.1 inches 58.5 inches
Turning Diameter 38.1 feet 36.4 feet
Headroom, Front 39.5 inches 38.3 inches
Headroom, Rear 37.3 inches 37.8 inches
Legroom, Front 42.3 inches 42.4 inches
Legroom, Rear 40.4 inches 39.1 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 58.3 inches 56.9 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 56.5 inches 57.0 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 105.6 cu. ft. 102.0 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 16.7 cu. ft. 15.9 cu. ft.
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