If you’re thinking about buying a new car or SUV and you’ve been wondering which is better, Volkswagen or Honda, we’ll explain the differences between the two automakers and some of their vehicles. Volkswagen is the No. 1 automotive manufacturer in the world, based on 2020 revenue. Honda rolled in at No. 5. Frankly, we’re not surprised. Volkswagen’s lineup offers buyers at dealers like the Seaside area Volkswagen dealership Cardinale VW, the perfect combination of quality, comfort and design.
We’ll look at a few Volkswagen models and see how they fare against their Honda rivals in important categories such as price, features and performance.
Volkswagen Passat vs Honda Accord
The 2021 Volkswagen Passat is a midsize sedan that competes with the 2021 Honda Accord. The Passat offers buyers a smooth ride, a spacious interior, and plenty of trunk space. The Passat has a starting MSRP of $23,995. The Accord is more expensive, with an MSRP that starts at $24,970. The MSRP isn’t the actual price you’ll pay at a Volkswagen dealer near Seaside. We use it for comparison.
The Passat is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 174 horsepower and 206 lb-ft of torque. The Honda Accord’s base engine is a 1.5-liter turbo-four that develops 192 horsepower and 192 lb-ft. Torque is the more meaningful figure here because it’s a measure of the amount of power sent to the wheels.
Volkswagen Jetta vs Honda Civic
The 2021 Volkswagen Jetta is a compact sedan that provides an exceptional ride and a spacious cabin. The Jetta competes with the 2021 Honda Civic. The Jetta has a starting MSRP of $18,995, while the Civic’s MSRP is $21,250.
The Jetta is equipped with a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 147 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The Civic’s base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine puts out 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft, a lot less torque than the Jetta.
Volkswagen Atlas vs Honda Pilot
The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas is a midsize SUV that competes with the 2021 Honda Pilot. The Altas’ starting MSRP is $31,545, while the Pilot has an MSRP that starts at $32,550. The Atlas has a higher predicted reliability score and more comfortable seating than the Pilot. The VW Atlas’ infotainment system features a standard 6.5-inch touchscreen, larger than the Pilot’s 5-inch display. Atlas buyers can also opt for the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit and a 12-speaker Fender audio system.
Volkswagen Tiguan vs Honda HR-V
The 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact SUV that provides buyers with excellent handling, a sporty ride, and many tech features. It competes with the 2021 Honda HR-V. The Tiguan is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s good for 184 hp and 221 lb-ft. The HR-V gets a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that only makes 141 hp and 127 lb-ft.
If you’re looking for more reasons to see why Volkswagen cars and SUVs are better than offerings from Honda, visit Cardinale Volkswagen Salinas and explore our selection of VW models. You’ll find a Volkswagen you’ll love driving for years to come!