2017 Volkswagen Passat vs 2017 Honda Accord

2017 Volkswagen Passat vs 2017 Honda Accord

2017 Volkswagen Passat 2017 Honda Accord
  18.5 gallons 17.2 gallons
  23/34 mpg 23/32 mpg
  39.1 inches 38.5 inches

2017 Volkswagen Passat vs 2017 Honda Accord

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The mid-size car segment is often an interesting market to observe. Cars in this segment are meant to do a little bit of everything, from transporting 4-5 people comfortably to transporting small furniture and groceries; the cars are built to be safe while also having enough oomph to quietly and competently cruise down the highway. Unfortunately, while many cars in the mid-size segment are perfectly utilitarian, there are very few smiles to be found in this tightly wound, buttoned-up segment populated by jack-of-all-trade cars.

Among the cars that stand out in terms of style and fun is the Volkswagen Passat, the mid-size combatant from the largest car manufacturer in the world by sales volume. The Passat is stylish, sporty and very well built. Compared to the Honda Accord, one of the emblematic options in the mid-size segment, how does the fun and stylish Passat stack up?


In terms of internal technology, infotainment and features, the Volkswagen Passat has just about everything someone could possibly want. Outside of fully loaded luxury cars with price tags that are nearly double (or triple!) what the Passat costs, the 2017 VW Passat has a myriad of tech features that can keep people connected in both the front and rear of the car. From app connectivity that allows you to control your car from your phone to premium sound, the Passat can keep the driver entertained but not distracted. The Accord has similar features available, but some reviewers found the VW system much easier to use and the Accord’s system generic and bland.


Volkswagen has long had a commitment to making bulletproof cars that would safely get passengers to their destinations, or keep them safe if something went wrong. The ’17 Passat is a 5-star NHTSA crash test award winner. The car has an excellent safety cage and high-strength steel. Every Passat comes with 7 stability assistance programs and tire pressure monitoring. In case of an accident, the Passat will shut down the fuel pump, put on auto-braking and unlock the doors so passengers can get out of their cars safely. The Passat comes with 7 automated driver assists available, from front, lane and park assist to blind spot and cross traffic monitoring, as well as adaptive cruise control, park pilot and rearview mirrors. Make no mistake about it, the Accord is similarly well built with a number of excellent safety features, but this is, at best, a draw.


What truly sets the Passat apart is its sporty, fun to drive mechanical offerings. The Passat comes with a standard 1.8TSI turbo engine which produces a respectable 170hp with fuel efficiency to spare. Some might see that the Accord’s naturally aspirated I4 engine produces 184hp and assume the Accord is faster, but the turbo-charged Passat offers smooth acceleration and rocketing torque that will take you from a dead stop to 60 in unofficial 7.1 seconds and from 40mph to 75mph on a highway in the blink of an eye. For the truly performance oriented, both the Passat and Accord offer naturally aspirated V6 options. While both the Passat and Accord are built to perform as necessary, the Passat is designed, engineered and built to autobahn standards, meaning it has been designed to safely operate over 160mphs in the real world autobahn settings of Germany.

This seems pretty clear. If you want all of the buttoned-up utility of the mid-size car without the stuffy styling and generic offerings, the Passat is your clear choice. With fun, performance and tech to spare, the Passat is the high quality luxurious option in the mid-size category.

* 23 city/34 highway mpg (2017 Passat 1.8L, 6-speed automatic transmission). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.