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2016 Volkswagen Passat vs 2016 Honda Accord

When it comes to practical, few segments come close to what the midsize sedan offers. The size is just right for comfort without being too extravagant, balancing roominess with fuel economy. Many families grow together without the need of a bulkier model at all, but a sedan is also a nice thing to have as a second vehicle for the parent that commutes. If you’re on the market for a midsize sedan, you’ll likely end up comparing the 2016 Volkswagen Passat vs 2016 Honda Accord, as both automakers are known for creating models with comfortable and quality interiors.

Roominess is one reason shoppers look to a midsize as their next car, but typically there are also more features than what are found in compact vehicles. If you’re looking to upgrade to an attractive option that hits all the right checkmarks, the refreshed 2016 Volkswagen Passat is a solid choice that won’t break the bank.

2016 Volkswagen Passat vs 2016 Honda Accord
$22,440 Starting MSRP $22,205
25/38 Estimated MPG 27/37
102 cu.ft. passenger
15.9 cu. ft. cargo
Interior Space 103.2 cu.ft. passenger
15.8 cu. ft. cargo
170 horsepower/184 lb-ft of torque
1.8-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder
Engine Specs 185 horsepower/181 lb-ft of torque
2.4-liter 4-cylinder

Choosing between the 2016 VW Passat vs 2016 Honda Accord

Both the Passat and Accord received refreshes for the 2016 model year, which means you can expect all the latest and greatest no matter which one you choose. Volkswagen opted to make small changes to the exterior, most notably in the front end with a chiseled domed hood, slimmer headlights and a more substantial chrome grille.

When it comes to performance and benefits, the models remain relatively similar. You’ll also note the starting price isn’t much different, complicating the decision between these two models even further. Even the fuel economy and overall spaciousness is practically identical between the Passat and Accord, which means without a test drive, we really need to nitpick to find some differences besides the overall look of each sedan. For example, the transmissions paired with the engines are different. The Passat comes with a six-speed automatic that feature Tiptronic and sport driving modes, while the Accord comes with a six-speed manual transmission. The upgrade? A CVT that may or may not provide a satisfying experience for all drivers. Also keep in mind that the Passat offers the automatic as the standard option, but upgrading to the CVT will cost shoppers.

If all the practical elements won’t make a difference for you, then what it really comes down to are the extra features that make a vehicle a deal. Both vehicles feature connectivity through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto at higher trims, but the Passat also adds on MirrorLink to allow improved infotainment for tablets and smartphones that use a different operating system.

Other standard features for the 2016 Volkswagen Passat include power windows and locks, keyless entry, a rearview camera and dual-zone climate control. Stop by Trend Motors to see if the 2016 Volkswagen Passat is the right model for you.