2019 Volkswagen Jetta vs. 2019 Honda Accord

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Jetta has standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Accord doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Both the Jetta and the Accord have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Jetta comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The Accord’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 3 years and 36,000 miles sooner.

The Jetta’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Accord’s (10 vs. 5 years).

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Jetta gets better fuel mileage than the Accord:

 

 

 

MPG

Jetta

 

Manual

1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

30 city/40 hwy

 

Auto

1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

30 city/40 hwy

Accord

 

Manual

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

26 city/35 hwy

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/32 hwy

 

Auto

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

30 city/38 hwy

 

 

Sport/Touring 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

29 city/35 hwy

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/34 hwy

 

 

Sport/Touring 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/32 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Jetta Auto’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Accord doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Volkswagen Jetta higher (7 out of 10) than the Honda Accord (6 to 7). This means the Jetta produces up to 1.1 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Accord every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

The Jetta stops shorter than the Accord:

 

Jetta

Accord

 

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Jetta’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Accord’s (36.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The Jetta’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the Accord Sport Manual/2.0T’s (36.4 feet vs. 39.4 feet).

Chassis

The Volkswagen Jetta may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 450 pounds less than the Honda Accord.

The Jetta is 7.1 inches shorter than the Accord, making the Jetta easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

The Jetta’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Accord LX’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Jetta and the Accord have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Jetta is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Accord prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Jetta’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Accord’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Jetta (except S) to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Accord doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Jetta R-Line/SEL Premium has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Accord doesn’t offer cornering lights.

On extremely cold winter days, the Jetta’s optional (except S) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Accord doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Volkswagen Jetta will be $2514 to $3550 less than for the Honda Accord.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Volkswagen Jetta and the Honda Accord, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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