Compare 2008 Honda Accord vs 2003 Volkswagen Passat

2008 Honda Accord
2003 Volkswagen Passat
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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

Front Head Room (in)

37.4 39.7

Passenger Volume (ft³)

89.7 95

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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