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2016 Honda Accord vs 2016 Volkswagen Passat near Washington, DC

The Accord Edges Out the Passat At Every Turn

The midsize sedan segment is overpopulated – and figuring out which vehicles are actually worth a test drive versus ones that you can skip is difficult to figure out. Your friends at Pohanka Honda of Fredericksburg want to give you a hand with our helpful comparison between the 2016 Honda Accord vs the 2016 Volkswagen Passat near Washington, DC. There vehicles have both been recently redesigned and have had several updates for the 2016 lineup, but which vehicle is the standout?

Well, when it comes to technology, the bigger the screen, the easier it is to control. That’s why our cellphones keep increasing in size and everyone at work fights over the larger screen monitor. If you’re looking at the 2016 Accord, you’ll see that the smallest screen is a 7.7-inch infotainment display, which gives you ample control over your Bluetooth®1 features and Pandora®2 radio. It also provides a nice large screen for your Rearview Monitor3. In the 2016 Passat, the base infotainment display you’ll find is a very miniscule five inches, which will be difficult for users to read and control. You can pay extra for a higher trim level to get the 6.3-inch screen, but it’s still smaller than the screen offered on the base model of the Accord.

The battle rages on with fuel efficiency when it comes to the 2016 Honda Accord vs the 2016 Volkswagen Passat near Washington, DC. We all want more power with better efficiency, even if we’re just heading to the Corcoran Gallery of Art for the day, and, in both of those regards, the 2016 Accord has you covered. With the CVT, the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that the Accord is equipped with is capable of 27/37/31 MPG city/hwy/combined4. The VW Passat’s turbocharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder comes in a little short, only offering 25 MPG city5 and 29 MPG combined5.

When it comes to upgraded engines and acceleration, the Accord still wins out. Its 3.5-liter V6 is one of the segment's quickest, and it still gets a sweet 21/34/26 MPG city/hwy/combined4. The Passat has an upgraded engine option, too, a 3.6-liter V6 that only gets 25/28/29 MPG city/hwy/combined5. Even with the excellent fuel efficiency, the 2016 Accord Touring still has the oomph to get itself from 0-60 MPH in 6.1 seconds6. The 2016 Passat lags behind, even in the 3.6 SEL Premium model, at 6.4 seconds6.  

It’s pretty clear which vehicle should top your list of sedans to test drive. We at Pohanka Honda hope that this head-to-head look between the 2016 Honda Accord vs the 2016 Volkswagen Passat near Washington, DC, has assisted you. Visit us soon at 60 South Gateway Drive in Fredericksburg, VA! 


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1.The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., and any use of such marks by Honda Motor Co., Ltd., is under license.

2. Pandora, the Pandora logo, and the Pandora trade dress are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pandora Media, Inc. Used with permission. Compatible with select smartphones. See: www.pandora.com/everywhere/mobile. Not all devices compatible with USB connection. Your wireless carrier’s rate plans apply.

3. Always visually confirm that it is safe to drive before backing up; the rearview camera display does not provide complete information about all conditions and objects at the rear of your vehicle.

4. 27 city/37 highway/31 combined mpg rating for Sedan CVT models. Based on 2016 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.

5. 25 city/38 highway mpg (2016 Passat 1.8L TSI, automatic transmission) EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.

6. Acceleration test performed by Edmunds.com editors. Always obey the posted speed limit and drive responsibly. 


2016 Honda Accord vs 2016 Volkswagen Passat neat Washington, DC

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