Compare 2008 Honda Accord vs 2003 Volkswagen Passat

2008 Honda Accord
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2-Door I4 Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Accord Coupe 2-Door I4 Automatic EX 21 30 $21,726 $23,960
Accord Coupe 2-Door I4 Automatic EX PZEV 21 30 $21,726 $23,960
Accord Coupe 2-Door I4 Automatic EX-L 21 30 $23,533 $25,960
Accord Coupe 2-Door I4 Automatic EX-L PZEV 21 30 $23,533 $25,960
Accord Coupe 2-Door I4 Automatic EX-L w/Navi 21 30 $25,521 $28,160
Accord Coupe 2-Door I4 Automatic EX-L w/Navi PZEV 21 30 $25,521 $28,160
Accord Coupe 2-Door I4 Automatic LX-S 21 30 $20,551 $22,660
Accord Coupe 2-Door I4 Automatic LX-S PZEV 21 30 $20,551 $22,660
Accord Coupe 2-Door I4 Manual EX 22 31 $21,003 $23,160
Accord Coupe 2-Door I4 Manual EX-L 22 31 $22,810 $25,160
Accord Coupe 2-Door I4 Manual EX-L w/Navi 22 31 $24,798 $27,360
Accord Coupe 2-Door I4 Manual LX-S 22 31 $19,828 $21,860
Accord Coupe 2-Door V6 Automatic EX-L 19 28 $25,656 $28,310
Accord Coupe 2-Door V6 Automatic EX-L PZEV 19 28 $25,656 $28,310
Accord Coupe 2-Door V6 Automatic EX-L w/Navi 19 28 $27,644 $30,510
Accord Coupe 2-Door V6 Automatic EX-L w/Navi PZEV 19 28 $27,644 $30,510
Accord Coupe 2-Door V6 Manual EX-L 17 25 $25,656 $28,310
Accord Coupe 2-Door V6 Manual EX-L w/Navi 17 25 $27,644 $30,510
Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 Automatic EX 21 31 $21,635 $23,860
Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 Automatic EX PZEV 21 31 $21,635 $23,860
Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 Automatic EX-L 21 31 $23,442 $25,860
Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 Automatic EX-L PZEV 21 31 $23,442 $25,860
Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 Automatic EX-L w/Navi 21 31 $25,430 $28,060
Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 Automatic EX-L w/Navi PZEV 21 31 $25,430 $28,060
Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 Automatic LX 21 31 $19,195 $21,160
Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 Automatic LX PZEV 21 31 $19,195 $21,160
Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 Automatic LX-P 21 31 $20,099 $22,160
Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 Automatic LX-P PZEV 21 31 $20,099 $22,160
Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 Manual EX 22 31 $20,912 $23,060
Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 Manual EX-L 22 31 $22,720 $25,060
Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 Manual EX-L w/Navi 22 31 $24,708 $27,260
Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 Manual LX 22 31 $18,472 $20,360
Accord Sedan 4-Door I4 Manual LX-P 22 31 $19,376 $21,360
Accord Sedan 4-Door V6 Automatic EX 19 29 $23,533 $25,960
Accord Sedan 4-Door V6 Automatic EX PZEV 19 29 $23,533 $25,960
Accord Sedan 4-Door V6 Automatic EX-L 19 29 $25,430 $28,060
Accord Sedan 4-Door V6 Automatic EX-L PZEV 19 29 $25,430 $28,060
Accord Sedan 4-Door V6 Automatic EX-L w/Navi 19 29 $27,418 $30,260
Accord Sedan 4-Door V6 Automatic EX-L w/Navi PZEV 19 29 $27,418 $30,260
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4-Door Sedan GL Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Passat 4-Door Sedan GL Automatic 21 30 $20,863 $22,825
Passat 4-Door Sedan GL Manual 22 31 $19,790 $21,750
Passat 4-Door Sedan GLS Automatic 21 30 $21,889 $23,960
Passat 4-Door Sedan GLS Manual 22 31 $20,816 $22,885
Passat 4-Door Sedan GLS V6 Automatic 19 27 $24,147 $26,460
Passat 4-Door Sedan GLS V6 Manual 20 28 $23,074 $25,385
Passat 4-Door Sedan GLX V6 4MOTION Automatic 19 26 $29,016 $31,575
Passat 4-Door Sedan GLX V6 Automatic 19 27 $27,187 $29,825
Passat 4-Door Sedan GLX V6 Manual 20 28 $26,114 $28,750
Passat 4-Door Sedan W8 4MOTION 6-spd Manual 17 24 $35,984 $39,400
Passat 4-Door Sedan W8 4MOTION Automatic 18 25 $34,729 $37,900
Passat 4-Door Wgn GL Automatic 21 30 $21,586 $23,625
Passat 4-Door Wgn GL Manual 22 31 $20,513 $22,550
Passat 4-Door Wgn GLS Automatic 21 30 $22,611 $24,760
Passat 4-Door Wgn GLS Manual 22 31 $21,538 $23,685
Passat 4-Door Wgn GLS V6 Automatic 19 27 $24,870 $27,260
Passat 4-Door Wgn GLS V6 Manual 20 28 $23,797 $26,185
Passat 4-Door Wgn GLX V6 4MOTION Automatic 19 26 $29,739 $32,375
Passat 4-Door Wgn GLX V6 Automatic 19 27 $27,910 $30,625
Passat 4-Door Wgn GLX V6 Manual 20 28 $26,837 $29,550
Passat 4-Door Wgn W8 4MOTION 6-spd Manual 17 24 $36,706 $40,200
Passat 4-Door Wgn W8 4MOTION Automatic 18 25 $35,452 $38,700
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,726
$20,863
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,960
$22,825
Monthly Payment Estimate
$399 / month
$380 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
9.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
Whether you're looking for a comfy commuter in the $20,000 range or a luxurious, powerful $30,000 family sedan, the newly redesigned 2008 Honda Accord should be on your shortlist.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
33.1 35.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
89.7 95
Front Head Room (in)
37.4 39.7
Second Hip Room (in)
46.3 56.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.4 55.8
Second Head Room (in)
35.1 37.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.5 54.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 41.5
Front Hip Room (in)
56.4 57.7
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.8 68.7
Track Width, Front (in)
62.2 59.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.8
Length, Overall (in)
190.9 185.2
Height, Overall (in)
56.4 57.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.2 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
107.9 106.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.9 15
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 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)
36.4 37.4
Steering Type
Pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.56 2.8
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P225/50VR17 P195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/50VR17 P195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
T135/80D16 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)
3338 3322
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 15 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 15 x 6
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 15 x 6
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.5 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
190 @ 7000 170 @ 5900
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
MPFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
162 @ 4400 166 @ 1950
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 30
Transmission
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.57 0.74
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA w/Tiptronic
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.00 4.10
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.61 2.00
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.44 3.73
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.65 3.67
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.08 1.41
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Honda Accord Cpe Volkswagen Passat
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 4 Door Sdn
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.59 - 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
Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-link Torsion Beam
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double wishbone Four-link

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