2018 Volkswagen Passat vs 2018 Honda Accord

2018 Volkswagen Passat vs 2018 Honda Accord

Some say midsize sedans are on the way out, but we know better. Many families still prefer the sleek style, agility and affordable price of these family-friendly options. The only question is, which one? Comparing the 2018 Volkswagen Passat vs 2018 Honda Accord, we think you’ll find that each vehicle is comparable in many ways, but with key differences that could make or break your decision.

You’ll find that both models are among the roomiest in their class and can comfortably seat five occupants. Sought-after features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available in both vehicles, but are not standard features. If those are must-haves for you, you’ll want to read ahead to find out more about your options.

2018 VW Passat


2018 Honda Accord

$22,995 Starting MSRP $23,570
6-speed automatic Standard Transmission CVT
6-year/72,000-mile New Car Warranty 3-year/36,000-mile
Available Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Available

Pricing and trims of the 2018 VW Passat vs Honda Accord

It’s no longer as simple as finding a model and driving off the lot. When you compare models, you must also consider your trim level options. The 2018 Volkswagen Passat has a total of seven trims, while the Honda Accord has six. The base engine in the Passat is a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, while the Accord is available with either a 1.5-liter turbo four or a hybrid powertrain. A larger 2.0-liter turbo is available in the Accord, while the Passat has an upgrade to a 3.6-liter V6 in the V6 SEL Premium and V6 GT trims.

An obvious consideration when it comes to any new car purchase is going to be pricing. The 2018 VW Passat tends to run lower in cost for the first five trims, with the top-tier V6 options being the only models that outpace the Accord in price. This makes sense, however, considering the first two trims for the Accord are the LX or LX Hybrid, so if you don’t include the different powertrain options, there are just five options.

You’ll note in the chart that your standard transmission options are a key difference between the models. Many motorists still prefer the feel of an automatic transmission over a continuously variable. Likely, you’d have to test drive both models in order to get a feel for your own preference, but it is something to consider.

Are you wondering if the 2018 VW Passat is the right choice for you? Schedule a test drive here at New Century Volkswagen.