The 2017 Honda Accord vs. The 2017 Volkswagen Passat

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While the 2017 Honda Accord continues to dominate the midsize sedan segment, the 2017 Volkswagen Passat has failed to make much of a mark across College Place and Kennewick. The switched-on driver will want to know whether the Accord’s popularity really reflects its superiority to the Passat, or if the vehicle simply benefits from enhanced name recognition. To provide the answer, we thought we’d write out this quick and easy comparison.

Powertrains and MPG


For College Place and Kennewick drivers, few vehicle attributes are going to be as important as efficiency and performance. You might expect to have to make a choice between the two, and that’s certainly the case in most instances. However, the Accord breaks the mold by combining both measures across two phenomenal engines:

  • 2.4L Four-Cylinder: With an output of up to 189 hP and 182 lb-ft of torque, this is one of the most powerful standard engines in the segment, but you’ll still make up to 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway*.
  • 3.5L V6: The available V6 produces up to 278 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque to take you from zero to 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds. Mileage ratings remain respectable at up to 21 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway*.

The 2017 Passat also provides two engine options, but neither succeed in living up to the standard set by the Accord:

  • 1.8L Four-Cylinder: Makes just 170 hp while delivering only 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Less power; more fuel to produce it.
  • 3.6L V6: The V6 is as powerful as the Accord’s but returns only 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.



Few would call the design of the 2017 Volkswagen Passat’s cabin anything more than serviceable. The Passat has developed an unfortunate reputation for going with a play-it-safe approach, and that certainly isn’t something that has changed for the newest set of models.

The Accord, on the other hand, has continued to innovate. For 2017, you’ll find slim roof pillars, plenty of window-space, and a low belt-line. Those design choices ensure that the vehicle looks thoroughly modern, but more importantly, they also provide exceptional visibility.  

The Accord doesn’t stop there; in spite of its position in the midsize class, some exceptional engineering choices have allowed it to pull ahead of rivals like the Passat when it comes to interior space. Just take a look at how the two models measure up:

  • Front Headroom: Up to 39.1 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 Honda Accord offers many features as standard that you won’t even be able to enjoy in even the Volkswagen Passat’s more expensive trim levels.

Examples include:

  • SMS Messaging Function: Both the 2017 Accord and the 2017 Passat offer Bluetooth as standard, but connectivity goes further in the former. It can actually read your incoming test messages aloud.
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Monitor: Unlike the basic rearview camera sported by the Passat, the Accord’s is able to let drivers cycle between three separate viewing modes: Normal, Top-down, and Wide.

The 2017 Accord also offers several exclusive technologies with high-tier trims. One of the most innovative is the Honda LaneWatch system, which is able to play a live-feed on your in-dash touchscreen from a camera set below the passenger side mirror. Revealing close to four times more than the mirror alone, it makes merging or changing lanes easier than ever. 

Safety Features

Both the 2017 Accord and the 2017 Passat earned a top score of 5-stars** from the NHTSA. However, the Accord actually fared a little better, garnering a rating of 5-stars** to the Passat’s 4 in the tricky Rollover segment.

It also provides a stunning range of driver assistance technologies courtesy of the Honda Sensing Suite, which offers:

  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Keep Assist System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System

The Passat can also provide drivers with such features, but only the Accord is able to fit them with even the entry-level model.

The 2017 Honda Accord Will Serve You Better than the 2017 VW Passat

The 2017 Volkswagen Passat is a surprisingly strong contender in the midsize sedan, but it still can’t hold up against the 2017 Honda Accord. If you’d like to take the Accord out for a test drive, just come on down to Walla Walla Valley Honda today.

* 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.

** Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program ( Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).

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