If you’re looking for a brand new, top-tier midsize sedan, the 2021 Honda Accord in Albuquerque NM is a likely choice, but the Volkswagen Passat has several unique advantages that may change your mind. Although the 2021 model is basically a carry-over of the 2020, it does come in three trim levels with an assortment of options and add-ons for each, including more than you get with its rival, the 2021 Honda Accord.
Inside the Passat you’ll enjoy clean lines and a sporty look. Lower trims come with cloth seats, but V-Tex leatherette and leather upholstery are also available. With a push-button start, flat-bottom leather wrapped steering wheel, and leather wrapped shifter, the cockpit has the feel of a luxury performance vehicle.
All trims of the 2021 Volkswagen Passat come equipped with a 2.0 liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine that puts out 174 horsepower and 206 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission that powers the front wheel drive. The Honda Accord comes with a 1.5-liter turbo 4-cylinder in the lower trims, and has an optional 2.0 liter motor available at higher trim levels. The base engine delivers around 192 hp and 192 lb.-ft of torque, so even though it appears the Honda has more power, the VW Passat has a higher torque for better off the line acceleration.
2021 Honda Accord in Albuquerque NM: Fuel Economy
Even though the Honda Accord reportedly gets better fuel economy with 30/38 MPG for city/highway, while the Passat is rated at 24/36 MPG city/highway, the Passat does have a larger fuel tank. This means fewer stops at the gas pump than the Accord, which leads to a bit more convenience.
Did you know Volkswagen owns Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, and Porsche, among others? Maybe that’s why the VW Passat and all the Volkswagen models have a refined, European flair to them. However, in 2020 the Passat was given a mild refresh for the exterior which added more colors and brighter, more stylish lighting details. New for 2021 are 17-inch wheels and LED lights on the base trim. The 2021 Honda Accord in Albuquerque NM is decked out in 17-inch wheels on its base trim too but doesn’t get the LED lighting. There are fewer customization options with the Accord as well.
Along with the refined exterior, the Passat has an almost elegant interior. Some have called it uninspiring, but the inside of the Passat can only be described as elegant and understated. It’s the perfect car for a calming and serene daily commute to work, or a relaxing road trip with the whole family.
Measurements outside and inside are almost identical for these two outstanding sedans, making seating the same for both, with room for five adults to fit comfortably. Not even the tallest of friends or family will be able to complain about fitting in the back. Cargo space is about the same as well, but the Passat has a tighter turning radius, making it easier to maneuver in city traffic and parking.
Another area where the Passat outshines the 2021 Honda Accord in Albuquerque NM is the warranty. The basic 3 year/36,000-mile warranty of the Honda Accord isn’t nearly as extensive as the VW warranty. All Passat models benefit from a 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, along with two years of free maintenance.
The last compelling reason to change your mind is the price. The base VW Passat starts lower than the base Accord and continues the value up the trim line. Of course, both prices increase, but the VW Passat remains the better value.
But don’t just take our word for it! Get over to Fiesta Volkswagen, located at 8201 Lomas Blvd NE in Albuquerque, look over the Passat, and take it for a test drive. You may decide the Honda Accord is no longer your first choice!