Buyers looking for a midsize sedan that delivers a great ride, a roomy interior, and a trunk large enough to hold lots of cargo should take a look at the 2020 Volkswagen Passat. For 2020, the Passat’s four-cylinder powerplant gets an upgrade that gives it a boost in torque. Check out the Passat at car dealers in Kern County, and you’ll be impressed with its striking styling that’s reminiscent of the Volkswagen Jetta. We’ll compare the 2020 Passat with the 2020 Honda Accord, a popular midsize sedan, to see which one comes out on top.
Most car buyers are price conscious. If you’re shopping for a new car and price is an issue, you’ll want to choose the 2020 Volkswagen Passat over the 2020 Honda Accord. The Passat has a starting Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $22,995. The Accord’s MSRP starts at $24,020. The MSRP isn’t the price you can expect to pay at Kern County car dealerships. We use this figure to compare the relative cost of these two vehicles.
The 2020 VW Passat employs a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 174 horsepower and 206 lb-ft of torque. The 2020 Honda Accord gets a base turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. While the Accord generates more horsepower, the Passat makes more torque. Ultimately, torque is more important than horsepower, because it measures the amount of power available to send to the wheels.
The Passat’s four-cylinder powerplant is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission, while the Accord’s four-cylinder is mated to a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). Most automotive enthusiasts prefer an automatic gearbox over a CVT.
Blind spot monitoring is an important feature that displays unseen obstacles on the side of the vehicle that can cause an accident. This feature is standard on every Passat trim level. Accord buyers who want blind spot monitoring will have to step up to the more expensive EX trim, as it doesn’t come standard on the base LX or Sport
Judging a vehicle’s looks is a matter of opinion, but we believe most readers will agree with us when we say the 2020 Volkswagen Passat has more curb appeal than the 2020 Honda Accord. The Passat’s updated styling sees it with a sharper and more aggressive look, with a profile that looks like a coupe. The Accord has a pleasing appearance, but it won’t turn any heads.
Volkswagen’s generous warranty coverage gives Passat buyers peace of mind. The 2020 Volkswagen Passat comes with a 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. Those who buy the 2020 Honda Accord will have to settle for a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.
In the End
The 2020 Honda Accord is quite popular, with many good points. But when you consider some of the important categories, the 2020 Volkswagen Passat comes out ahead. The Passat is more economical to buy, gets a standard powerplant with more torque, and features more attractive styling than the Accord.