The 2017 Honda Accord vs. The 2017 Volkswagen Passat

2016 Honda Accord Sedan

2017 Honda Accord Sedan
2017 Volkswagen Passat

2017 Volkswagen Passat

Malin and Keno drivers will find the 2017 Honda Accord and the 2017 Volkswagen Passat on plenty of Top 10 lists and Best Family Vehicle selections. It isn’t hard to whittle your choices down to these two class-leading midsize sedans, but only one of them is going to end up sitting in your driveway. Compare these two right away to make sure you come to the best decision to meet your needs.

Powertrains and Efficiency


Malin and Keno drivers will find themselves choosing between either a standard four-cylinder engine or an available V6 powerhouse, regardless of whether they decide to drive home in a 2017 Accord or a 2017 Passat. Of course, the Accord manages to best the Passat across the board in terms of both fuel economy and raw power.

Accord engines include:

  • 2.4L Four-Cylinder: Makes up to an impressive 189 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque, all while delivering mileage ratings as high as 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway*.
  • 3.5L V6: The Accord’s available V6 harnesses up to 278 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque and makes up to 21 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway*.

Passat engines include:

  • 1.8L Four-Cylinder: Makes just 170 horsepower. Despite that lack of power, mileage peaks at a mere 25 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.
  • 3.6L V6: The available V6 matches the Accord’s for power yet returns mileage ratings of just 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.



The Honda Accord’s low beltline, slim roof pillars, and large amount of glass mean that forward visibility is unparalleled, making rivals like the Volkswagen Passat appear constricted and closed off in comparison. Drivers will also find themselves enjoying significantly more breathing room when they travel in an Accord instead of a Passat:

  • Front Headroom: Up to 58.6 inches in the 2017 Accord vs. just 38.3 in the 2017 Passat.
  • Front Shoulder Room: Up to 58.6 inches in the 2017 Accord vs. only 56.9 in the 2017 Passat.

Comfort and Convenience Features

The 2017 Accord Sedan continues to lead the midsize segment with effortless ease when it comes to onboard comfort and convenience amenities. Even the 2017 VW Passat, as well equipped as it might be, can’t keep pace with the Accord.

Here are just a few Accord features that you won’t be able to benefit from behind the wheel of a Passat:

  • SMS Messaging Service: For the 21st century driver, staying connected means a lot more than making and taking calls. That’s why the Accord can read incoming messages aloud.
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera: The Passat also fits a rearview camera as standard. Unfortunately, it lacks the multiple viewing modes (Normal, Wide, and Top down) of the Accord’s.

Safety Features


Both the Accord and the Passat possess a stunning selection of standard and available safety features. You’ll find systems such as stability control, tire pressure monitoring, and child safety seats coming across all trim levels of either model, and the following driver assistance technologies are available:

  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS): If you begin to deviate from your chosen lane without signaling, corrective steering pressure will be applied to bring your vehicle back on track.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC): Monitors the car ahead of yours, then automatically adjusts your preset cruising speed up or down in order to maintain a safe distance.
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS): The Forward Collision Warning function will alert you if a frontal collision becomes likely. Should you fail to react, the Collision Mitigation Braking System will help bring the vehicle to a stop.
  • Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM): Your rearview camera will be used to read common road markers. If you veer from the road, corrective steering pressure will be applied.

However, while both the new Honda Accord and the Volkswagen Passat offer these technologies, they’re easier to take advantage of with the Accord. You’ll be able to find them with even the entry-level model.

The 2017 Honda Accord Manages to Edge Ahead of the 2017 Volkswagen Passat

Whether you’re looking for power, efficiency, space, or safety, the 2017 Honda Accord should be at the top of your list. If you’d like to find out more or arrange a test drive, just contact one of the team here at Klamath Falls Honda today.

* 23 city/32 highway/26 combined mpg rating for 6MT models. 27 city/36 highway/30 combined mpg rating for CVT models. 26 city/34 highway/29 combined mpg rating for Sport CVT models. 21 city/33 highway/25 combined mpg rating for V-6 models. Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.