Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Volkswagen JETTA VS 2016 Honda Accord Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Volkswagen JETTA

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2016 Honda Accord

Safety Comparison

The Jetta has standard post collision braking, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To help make backing safer, the Jetta SEL’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Jetta offers optional Car-Net, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Jetta and the Accord Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

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

Engine Comparison

The Jetta’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 55 lbs.-ft. more torque (236 vs. 181) than the Accord Sedan’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Jetta’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 54 lbs.-ft. more torque (236 vs. 182) than the Accord Sedan Sport’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Jetta GLI is faster than the Accord Sedan Sport (manual transmissions tested):

Jetta

Accord Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.9 MPH

91.9 MPH

As tested in Car and Driver the Jetta GLI is faster than the Honda Accord Sedan 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

Jetta

Accord Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.4 sec

19.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.1 sec

8.1 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

91 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Jetta Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Accord Sedan 4 cyl. Auto (42 city/48 hwy vs. 27 city/37 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Jetta TDI gets better fuel mileage than the Accord Sedan 4 cyl.:

Jetta

Accord Sedan

Manual

31 city/46 hwy

23 city/34 hwy

Auto

32 city/45 hwy

27 city/37 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the Jetta gets better fuel mileage than the Accord Sedan:

Jetta

Accord Sedan

1.4T/Manual

28 city/40 hwy

23 city/34 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Manual

1.8T/Manual

25 city/37 hwy

n/a

2.0T/Manual

23 city/33 hwy

n/a

1.4T/Auto

28 city/39 hwy

27 city/37 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

1.8T/Auto

25 city/36 hwy

26 city/35 hwy

2.4 4 cyl. Sport/Auto

2.0T/Auto

24 city/33 hwy

21 city/34 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the Jetta Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Jetta Hybrid’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Jetta’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Accord Sedan:

Jetta

Accord Sedan

Front Rotors

11.3 inches

11.1 inches

The Jetta stops much shorter than the Accord Sedan:

Jetta

Accord Sedan

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

144 feet

150 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Jetta GLI SE handles at .90 G’s, while the Accord Sedan EX-L pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Jetta GLI SE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the Accord Sedan EX-L (26.4 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .54 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Jetta’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Accord Sedan LX/EX’s (36.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Volkswagen Jetta may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 pounds less than the Honda Accord Sedan.

The Jetta is 9.2 inches shorter than the Accord Sedan, making the Jetta easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Jetta 1.8T/TDI uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Jetta is quieter than the Accord Sedan EX-L:

Jetta

Accord Sedan

At idle

38 dB

43 dB

Full-Throttle

72 dB

81 dB

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Jetta’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Accord Sedan’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 power windows standard on both the Jetta and the Accord Sedan have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Jetta is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Accord Sedan prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Jetta’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 Sedan’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. With the Accord Sedan EX/EX-L/Touring’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Jetta SE/Sport/GLI/Hybrid/TDI to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Jetta GLI/Hybrid has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Accord Sedan doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Jetta (except S/SE) also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

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

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Jetta owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Jetta with a number “3” insurance rate while the Accord Sedan is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Jetta is less expensive to operate than the Accord Sedan because typical repairs cost much less on the Jetta than the Accord Sedan, including $53 less for fuel injection and $309 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Volkswagen Jetta and the Honda Accord Sedan, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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