2016 Volkswagen Passat vs 2016 Honda Accord

It may seem like the most popular models on the road these days are larger SUVs, but the midsize sedan segment is still one of the most popular for a variety of reasons. You get a mix of vehicles that are safe and easy to maneuver, especially in pesky parking situations, while also retaining higher fuel economy numbers. For this reason, it’s not easy to decide when comparing the 2016 Volkswagen Passat vs 2016 Honda Accord. Both models are refreshed for the new model year, which keeps them appealing since it’s been a few years since a complete redesign. With this being said, it’s no small wonder consumers can be stuck trying to decide between two attractive models within the same segment, but there are a few key differences between them.

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2016 Volkswagen Passat vs 2016 Honda Accord
$22,440 MSRP $22,205
25/38 MPG 27/37
102 cu.ft. passenger/15.9 cu. ft. cargo Interior Space 103.2 cu.ft. passenger/15.8 cu. ft. cargo
170 horsepower/184 lb-ft of torque
1.8-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder
Engine Specs 185 horsepower/181 lb-ft of torque
2.4-liter 4-cylinder

Why shop for the 2016 VW Passat?

Their powertrains are relatively similar, with the 2016 Volkswagen Passat having a 1.8-liter turbo four and the Honda Accord having a naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. A V6 is also available for both models. The results of both engines are similar power specs and fuel economy, but it’s the transmission options where we see a difference. The Passat comes standard with a six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic driving mode, while the Honda Accord comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission. Those who prefer not to drive a manual can upgrade to the CVT, but this option isn’t appealing to everyone, and pushes the price tag up to $23,005, making it the more expensive option.

When it comes right down to it, the 2016 Volkswagen Passat and 2016 Honda Accord similar specs, which means deciding between the sophisticated style of the former and the modern appeal of the latter may seem like just a matter of taste, but there are a variety of other reasons to choose the Passat. A major one is the wider warranty options which give added assurance to the experience of owning a vehicle. It comes with a basic 36 month/36,000 mile warranty new vehicle warranty with roadside assistance, a 12 year/120,000 miles warranty against corrosion perforation and a 5 year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty.

Standard features in the 2016 Volkswagen Passat include keyless entry with power windows and locks, a rearview camera, dual-zone climate control, a touchscreen sound system and USB. Many of the features are similar, but the Passat does include integrated turn signals and autonomous emergency braking, neither of which are present with the 2016 Honda Accord. Of course, the best way to find out of the model is right for you is to stop by New Century Volkswagen for a test drive.

2016 VW Passat Redesign vs 2016 Honda Accord Redesign
2016 Honda Accord Design
2016 Volkswagen Passat interior vs 2016 Honda Accord Interior
2016 Honda Accord Interior vs Passat

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