Some say bigger is better, but not everyone wants to get behind the wheel of a bulky SUV. If you aren’t traipsing off road or taking the boat to the lake, you can save money and fuel when you get behind the wheel of a midsize sedan. The only question is, which one? Comparing the 2017 Volkswagen Passat vs 2017 Honda Accord is a great place to start, as both models are attractive models that appeal to those who are looking for premium appeal on a budget. These sedans are somewhat similar in appearance, with slim profiles, chrome window sills and chiseled side bodies. It’s easy to become torn between them, especially when they are priced competitively. So what are the factors you should consider when picking between these two popular options within the segment?
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When it comes right down to it, these two models share quite a lot of similarities. The starting MSRP is within $100 of each other, the fuel economy is only slightly in favor of the Passat, cargo space is almost identical, and you can expect the same for passenger room as well.
What, then, should you watch out for? One thing to consider is your transmission options. The 2017 Volkswagen Passat comes standard with a traditional six-speed automatic with Sport Mode and Tiptronic. What this means for you is that you get more control over gear shifts, but you still get the convenience of an automatic. If you opt for the base trim level of the Honda Accord, you’ll be sitting in a six-speed manual, which isn’t a top option for many modern drivers. The upgrade is a continuously variable transmission, which many shoppers are still on the fence about as the overall feeling can be less than spirited. Dying to drive an Accord with an automatic? It isn’t available until the top two trims, which mean upgrade to the more powerful, but less efficient V6.
Not to worry if the V6 is more your style, because Volkswagen offers one too, and the potency is slightly in favor of VW for this one. Any way you slice it, these two models are remaining similar with what they offer.
Looking at standard features, you can expect both vehicles to offer up dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth with audio, power windows and locks, cruise control, automatic headlights and rearview cameras. The Passat also ups the driver assistance features with standard automatic emergency braking. Both offer a host of features across the trims, so stop by Compass Volkswagen to discuss your needs and we’ll help match you with the right 2017 Volkswagen Passat.