A side-by-side comparison of the 2018 Volkswagen Passat vs. 2018 Honda Accord

2018 Volkswagen Passat vs. 2018 Honda Accord

There is a lot happening in the world of Volkswagen. One of the most exciting entries on the roster of new vehicles available at the Spitzer Volkswagen is the newly introduced version of the VW Passat. As a member of the midsize sedan class, the popular car must compete with some very impressive competition to attract the attention of buyers. To help shoppers get their arms around this reemerging industry segment, Spitzer VW product experts have put together a head-to-head comparison of the 2018 Volkswagen Passat vs. 2018 Honda Accord. With all due respect to the Accord, VW has made some changes to the Passat that will really give it a run for its money. The new Passat is currently available at the Spitzer Volkswagen showroom and potential buyers can schedule a test drive today.

Among the many reasons why the VW Passat has held on to its strong position in its class is because it offers a trim ladder that is admirably well-equipped across the board. The entry-level 2018 Volkswagen Passat S trim starts buyers off with a wealth of standard features including automatic headlights, rearview camera and dual-zone climate controls. To be fair, the 2018 Honda Accord offers many of these same features on its base model. However, the 2018 Passat has a suggested starting price that is more than a few thousand dollars less than that of the current Accord. Additionally, Volkswagen has introduced the new GT trim which offers an exclusive mix of features and performance gear. GT buyers can look forward to sport-inspired front seats wrapped in two-tone simulated leather upholstery.

2018 VW Passat 2018 Honda Accord
Turbo., 2.0-L, 4-Cyl. Engine Turbo., 1.5-L, 4-Cyl.
174/184 Horsepower/Torque 192/192
Six-speed automatic Transmission CVT
Yes Avail. V-6 Upgrade No

Performance Specs: 2018 Passat vs. 2018 Accord

Turbocharged four-cylinder engines are increasingly popular within the crossover SUV segments of the automotive industry. However, these power plants can vary widely from model-to-model in terms of performance and capability. The base powertrain setup for the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas consists of a turbocharged, 2.0-liter engine that is attached to an eight-speed automatic transmission sending power to the front wheels. Drivers can expect to get 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque to use. GMC has decided to go a different route and provide a turbocharged, 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine for its base Terrain trim. With the standard nine-speed automatic transmission, Terrain owners get less than 200 horsepower to use as well as a towing capacity that is less than half of what is found with the Atlas.

A left front quarter view of the 2018 VW Passat GT in a factory setting
A rear right quarter images of a 2018 VW Passa GT in the factory

A look at the dashboard and center gauge cluster of the 2018 Passat GT
A close up photo of the GT door sill badge in the Passat GT