2019 Volkswagen Passat vs Honda Accord
The Passat has standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Accord doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.
Both the Passat and the Accord have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems and rear parking sensors.
The Passat comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The Accord’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 3 years and 36,000 miles sooner.
The Passat’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Accord’s (10 vs. 5 years).
The Volkswagen Passat’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Accord’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.
A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Passat’s reliability 20 points higher than the Accord.
FUEL ECONOMY AND RANGE
On the EPA test cycle the Passat 2.0T gets better fuel mileage than the Accord 2.0T (25 city/36 hwy vs. 23 city/34 hwy). The Passat 2.0T gets better fuel mileage than the Accord Sport/Touring 2.0T (25 city/36 hwy vs. 22 city/32 hwy).
The Passat has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Accord (18.5 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
BRAKES AND STOPPING
For better stopping power the Passat’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Accord:
The Passat stops much shorter than the Accord:
SUSPENSION AND HANDLING
The Passat SE R-Line handles at .83 G’s, while the Accord EX pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The Passat executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Accord EX (26.9 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s).
For better maneuverability, the Passat’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Accord’s (36.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The Passat’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the Accord Sport Manual/2.0T’s (36.4 feet vs. 39.4 feet).
The Passat has .1 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more rear headroom and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Accord.
The Passat’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Accord LX’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just kicking your foot under the back bumper can open the Passat SE R-Line’s trunk, leaving your hands completely free. The Accord doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
The Passat’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Accord’s (1000 vs. 0 pounds).
The Passat uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Accord uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.
The power windows standard on both the Passat and the Accord have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Passat is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Accord prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.
The Passat’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Accord’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.
Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Passat R-Line/SE/SEL to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Accord doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Passat (except S/R-Line/GT) offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Accord doesn’t offer cornering lights.
The Passat SEL Premium’s Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Accord doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
Insurance will cost less for the Passat owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Passat with a number “1” insurance rate while the Accord is rated higher at a number “8” rate.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Passat is less expensive to operate than the Accord because typical repairs cost much less on the Passat than the Accord, including $219 less for fuel injection, $89 less for a fuel pump and $417 less for a power steering pump.
Consumer Reports® recommends both the Volkswagen Passat and the Honda Accord, based on reliability, safety and performance.
Motor Trend selected the Passat as their 2012 Car of the Year. The Accord has never been chosen.