Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Audi A5 VS 2016 Honda Accord Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Audi A5

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2016 Honda Accord

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi A5 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Honda Accord Coupe doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The A5 has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Accord Coupe doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the A5 and the Accord Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

The A5 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Accord Coupe’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The A5’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Accord Coupe’s (12 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

The Audi A5’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Accord Coupe’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

The camshafts in the A5’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Accord Coupe EX-L V6/Touring 3.5 SOHC V6’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Accord Coupe’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

The battery on the A5 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures which can degrade battery life. By keeping the A5’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Accord Coupe’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the A5’s reliability will be 9% better than the Accord Coupe.

Engine Comparison

The A5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 35 more horsepower (220 vs. 185) and 77 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 181) than the Accord Coupe’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The A5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 252) than the Accord Coupe EX-L V6/Touring’s standard 3.5 SOHC V6.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the A5’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Accord Coupe:


Accord Coupe LX-S

Accord Coupe Touring

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.1 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

11.1 inches

11.1 inches

The A5 stops much shorter than the Accord Coupe:


Accord Coupe

60 to 0 MPH

109 feet

120 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the A5 has larger standard tires than the Accord Coupe (245/40R18 vs. 215/55R17). The A5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Accord Coupe (255/35R19 vs. 235/45R18).

The A5’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Accord Coupe LX-S’ standard 55 series tires. The A5’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the Accord Coupe Touring’s 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A5 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Accord Coupe LX-S.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The A5’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53% to 47%) than the Accord Coupe’s (60.3% to 39.7%). This gives the A5 more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the A5’s turning circle is .2 feet tighter than the Accord Coupe LX-S’ (37.4 feet vs. 37.6 feet). The A5’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Accord Coupe EX/EX-L/Touring’s (37.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The A5 is 7.4 inches shorter than the Accord Coupe, making the A5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the A5’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Accord Coupe’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

The A5’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Accord Coupe’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics Comparison

The A5’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Accord Coupe’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. With the Accord Coupe EX/EX-L/Touring’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

The A5’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Accord Coupe’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the A5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Accord Coupe doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The A5 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Accord Coupe doesn’t offer headlight washers.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the A5 Prestige Coupe to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Accord Coupe doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The A5’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the Accord Coupe EX/EX-L/Touring.

The A5 offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Accord Coupe offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The A5 has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Accord Coupe doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the A5 has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Accord Coupe doesn’t offer rear vents.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Audi A5 and the Honda Accord Coupe, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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