Let’s Compare: Volkswagen Passat vs. Honda Accord

Jack Ingram Volkswagen is doing a comparison between the Volkswagen Passat and the Honda Accord to find out which car is best in quality, safety, features and more. These two mid-size sedans are leading the market for affordable luxury cars.

Car and Driver performed a comparison test, and the Volkswagen Passat SEL beat the Honda Accord Sedan EX-L.

Let’s start comparing and see for ourselves!


  • The starting MSRP for the 2012 Volkswagen Passat 2.5L SE is $23,725. Keep in mind the basic Passat model starts out at under $20,000.
  • The Honda Accord Sedan EX has a starting MSRP of $25,105.


  • Both the Passat and the Accord have driver and passenger frontal airbags, head airbags, side-impact airbag front wheel drive, antilock brakes and traction control
  • The Passat earned the top rating for IIHS because its roof supported four times the Passat weight. The Accord was rated by the IIHS as “Acceptable.”
  • Keep in mind, the top rating awarded to the Volkswagen Passat by the IIHS was granted to only 98 vehicles. The Honda Accord did not make the list.


  • Jack Ingram Volkswagen Montgomery and Volkswagen of America offers free roadside assistance for 3 years or 36,000 miles. That means, if you are in a situation where you run out of gas, car breaks down, battery dies, or the keys get locked inside your car, Volkswagen will be there and it won’t cost you a dime.  Nice, isn’t it?
  • The Honda Accord does not offer free roadside assistance.
  • The Passat’s corrosion warranty lasts up to 12 years vs. the Accords which lasts only 5 years. This is helpful for those that live up  North and deal with snow and salt on the roads. You are looking at a 7 year difference on the corrosion warranty between the Passat and Accord.
  • The best perk of all, Jack Ingram Volkswagen will pay for oil changes, tire rotations, and any other scheduled maintenance on your Volkswagen for 3 years or 36,000 miles. This can save you hundreds of dollars! The Honda dealer does not offer free service on its vehicles.

As you can see, when you compare the Passat to the Accord, there really isn’t much of a comparison. Hands down, the winner is the Volkswagen Passat. If the Volkswagen price, safety and warranty information doesn’t sell you on the Passat, no worries.. Jack Ingram Volkswagen is happy to give you more reasons to buy.


  • The Passat models have more powerful engines than the Accord Sedan.

The Passat 2.5 has 170 horsepower and 177lbs of torque while the Accord LX has 177 horsepower and 161lbs of torque. The Passat V6 has 280 horsepower with 258lbs of torque compared to the Accord Sedan EX V6 with 271 horsepower and 254 lbs of torque.

 If all of this seems a little over your head, we will explain. Horsepower is basically the potential of how fast a car can go. Torque is what puts the car in motion from a dead stop. If you are looking at everyday performance, torque is the number to look at. When you test drive a Passat and an Accord, you will notice a smoother ride in the Passat, this is because of the torque and the amount of power produced at a low RPM level.

The Passat 2.0 turbo diesel produces 75lbs more torque than the Accord LX and 74lbs when compared to the Honda Accord EX.

Fuel Economy

Fuel prices are on the rise making the cost of gas and the average fuel economy for vehicles a very important factor in the car buying decision.

  • The Volkswagen Passat Manual gets 31/city and 43 hwy. The Accord Manual gets 23/city and 34/hwy.
  • The automatic Passat gets 30/city and 40 hwy. The automatic Honda Accord gets 23/city and 34 hwy.


  • The Passat is 3.3 inches shorter that the Accord, making the Passat easier to drive, park and handle in extreme conditions.
  • The VW Passat has 2 inches more leg room and passenger space compared to the Honda Accord.
  • The Volkswagen Passat also beats the Honda Accord in trunk space by 1 ft.

We love that the Jack Ingram Volkswagen Passat clearly dominates the market for the mid-size Sedan, especially when compared to its top competitor the Honda Accord. The price, safety, warranty, engine, fuel economy and space are just a few of the reasons the Passat took home Motor Trend Car of the Year and KBB Top Family Car Pick, as well as IIHS Top Safety Pick.

If you are on the fence between the Passat and the Accord, take all of these features into consideration. We hope that you take favor of the Passat and head to Jack Ingram Volkswagen in Montgomery, AL. Jack Ingram Volkswagen’s staff is dedicated to helping you find the vehicle that exceeds your standards. We pride ourselves in great customer service and being honest with our customers about price and comparisons.

It’s Time to Love What You Drive!

5 thoughts on “Let’s Compare: Volkswagen Passat vs. Honda Accord

  1. I have always known there was something different about the volkwagen passat cars I just didn’t know it would floor the Honda Accord cars. Is it possible to get a used or accidented (2010-2012)Volkswagen Passat to buy?

  2. Sounds like to me your a Passat lover…..in the middle of being undecided between the 2013 Honda accord sedan & the Passat 2013. Test drove them both and I felt the Honda was more comfortable than the Passat. The dashboard seemed much more older but easier to use. When the Honda dashboard looked more modern and harder to use yet I love the pandora offered in the Honda. We have test drove them both today and still am undecided as of today. Although the warrenty is better on the Passat , however your resale value is better on the Honda.

  3. Thank you, I’ve just been searching for info about this subject for ages and yours is the best I’ve
    came upon so far. However, what about the conclusion? Are you positive about the source?

    • I invite you to come to Jack Ingram Volkswagen and test drive a VW. We also have used Hondas on the lot you can test drive to see what you like and dislike about the differences.
      In the comparison you can see that VW beats the Accord on several different categories. We are happy you found this information useful and hope you will come in and test drive a VW.

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