2017 Volkswagen Passat vs 2017 Honda Accord

Are you looking for a spacious mid-sized four-door sedan with plenty to offer when it comes to comfort, reliability, features, and convenience? Then you should consider models from both VW and Honda. Let us show you how two of these models stack up with our 2017 Volkswagen Passat vs 2017 Honda Accord comparison. You can also use our comparison image here to see how the two models look side-by-side.

To keep things fair, it’s worth noting that there are a total of three Accord models, but since one is the Accord Hybrid, and the other is the two-door Accord Coupe, we will be using the standard Accord throughout this comparison. The standard Accord is a four-door sedan just like the VW Passat, and as such is the most logical vehicle to use for the sake of comparison.

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2017 Volkswagen Passat


2017 Honda Accord

$22,440 Base MSRP $22,455
1,000 Pounds Max Trailer Weight NA
9 Speaker Fender Sound System 7 Speaker
102 Cubic Feet Passenger Volume 101 Cubic Feet

How does the VW Passat compare to the Accord?

On the surface, those two base MSRP figures may appear very similar, with only $15 difference between the two. However that base MSRP for the Accord includes some trickery. You see, the base model Accord comes with a manual transmission standard whereas the Passat comes with an automatic standard. If you choose to upgrade the Accord to a continuously variable transmission, which is its version of an automatic, then you’ll have to add another $800 to the purchase price. Now that's a rather large difference in value.

In addition to a better value, the Passat can also be equipped to tow a light trailer. This is great when you just need to haul around something for the weekend or if you are looking to move. Honda, on the other hand, strongly recommends that you do not use the Accord for any towing whatsoever.

When it comes to the sound system, you saw that brand name correctly. The Passat has an available 400-watt 9-speaker sound system that is made by one of the most well-known names in the world of sound, Fender. The Honda has a no-name sound system that can only boast of 7 speakers and 360 watts. How do you want to listen to music in your next car?

You may have noticed that the passenger volumes for these two cars are nearly identical, though the Passat does manage to squeak out ahead, let us tell you why that’s important. The Passat manages to have more interior passenger room despite being shorter and narrower. This combination allows the Passat to achieve a tight turning radius of nearly 18’ compared to the nearly 20’ turning radius of the Accord. This tighter turning radius means that the Passat will have an easier time in the parking lot.

Want to try the Passat out for yourself in the Folsom area? Then come down to Folsom Lake Volkswagen, and let us show you everything that the Passat can do.

2017 Volkswagen Passat silver front view with grille
2017 Volkswagen Passat side view black
2017 Volkswagen Passat leather seats
2017 Volkswagen Passat front row with steering wheel and infotainment system

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