Compare 2009 Honda Accord Sedan vs 2003 Volkswagen Passat

2009 Honda Accord Sedan
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4-Door I4 Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door I4 Manual LX 22 31 $18,965 $20,905
4-Door I4 Automatic LX 21 30 $19,688 $21,705
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV LX 21 30 $19,688 $21,705
4-Door I4 Manual LX-P 22 31 $19,869 $21,905
4-Door I4 Automatic LX-P 21 30 $20,592 $22,705
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV LX-P 21 30 $20,592 $22,705
4-Door I4 Manual EX 22 31 $21,405 $23,605
4-Door I4 Automatic EX 21 30 $22,128 $24,405
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV EX 21 30 $22,128 $24,405
4-Door I4 Manual EX-L 22 31 $23,212 $25,605
4-Door I4 Automatic EX-L 21 30 $23,935 $26,405
4-Door I4 Automatic PZEV EX-L 21 30 $23,935 $26,405
4-Door V6 Automatic EX 19 29 $24,116 $26,605
4-Door V6 Automatic PZEV EX 19 29 $24,116 $26,605
4-Door I4 Manual w/Navi EX-L 22 31 $25,200 $27,805
4-Door I4 Automatic w/Navi EX-L 21 30 $25,923 $28,605
4-Door I4 Automatic w/Navi PZEV EX-L 21 30 $25,923 $28,605
4-Door V6 Automatic EX-L 19 29 $26,013 $28,705
4-Door V6 Automatic PZEV EX-L 19 29 $26,013 $28,705
4-Door V6 Automatic w/Navi EX-L 19 29 $28,001 $30,905
4-Door V6 Automatic w/Navi PZEV EX-L 19 29 $28,001 $30,905
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4-Door Sedan Manual GL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual GL 22 31 $19,790 $21,750
4-Door Wagon Manual GL 22 31 $20,513 $22,550
4-Door Sedan Automatic GL 21 30 $20,863 $22,825
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 22 31 $20,816 $22,885
4-Door Wagon Automatic GL 21 30 $21,586 $23,625
4-Door Wagon Manual GLS 22 31 $21,538 $23,685
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 21 30 $21,889 $23,960
4-Door Wagon Automatic GLS 21 30 $22,611 $24,760
4-Door Sedan V6 Manual GLS 20 28 $23,074 $25,385
4-Door Wagon V6 Manual GLS 20 28 $23,797 $26,185
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic GLS 19 27 $24,147 $26,460
4-Door Wagon V6 Automatic GLS 19 27 $24,870 $27,260
4-Door Sedan V6 Manual GLX 20 28 $26,114 $28,750
4-Door Wagon V6 Manual GLX 20 28 $26,837 $29,550
4-Door Sedan V6 Automatic GLX 19 27 $27,187 $29,825
4-Door Wagon V6 Automatic GLX 19 27 $27,910 $30,625
4-Door Sedan V6 4MOTION Automatic GLX 19 26 $29,016 $31,575
4-Door Wagon V6 4MOTION Automatic GLX 19 26 $29,739 $32,375
4-Door Sedan 4MOTION Automatic W8 18 25 $34,729 $37,900
4-Door Wagon 4MOTION Automatic W8 18 25 $35,452 $38,700
4-Door Sedan 4MOTION 6-spd Manual W8 17 24 $35,984 $39,400
4-Door Wagon 4MOTION 6-spd Manual W8 17 24 $36,706 $40,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,965
$19,790
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,905
$21,750
Monthly Payment Estimate
$348 / month
$363 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
9.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Honda Accord is perfectly capable of performing the duties of either a $20,000 commuter vehicle or a $30,000 family sedan.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Large Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
37.2 35.3
Front Head Room (in)
41.4 39.7
Second Hip Room (in)
54.3 56.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.2 55.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.4 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.5 41.5
Front Hip Room (in)
56.6 57.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
106.0 95
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.7 68.7
Track Width, Front (in)
62.6 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.8
Length, Overall (in)
194.1 185.2
Height, Overall (in)
58.1 57.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.6 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
110.2 106.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.0 15
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x - TBD - 11.3 x 0.98
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x - TBD - 9.6 x 0.39
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.5 16.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
13.08 14.3
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.7 37.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.56 2.8
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P215/60HR16 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/60HR16 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
Compact P195/65HR15
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3230 3212
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 15 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 15 x 6
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 15 x 6
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.6 7.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 90
Engine
Displacement
2.4L/144 1.8L/109
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
177 @ 6500 170 @ 5900
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
MPFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
161 @ 4300 166 @ 1950
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 22
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 31
Transmission
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.65 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.58 3.44
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.78 2.18
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.39 3.70
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.87 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.27 3.78
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.15 1.43
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sdn
Vehicle Name
Honda Accord Sdn Volkswagen Passat
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.51 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.04 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Torsion Beam
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Four-link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 -

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