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Honda Accord, Volkswagen Jetta, Sedan
#1 of 244 Volkswagen Jetta vs. Honda Accord
Dec 30, 2003 (3:47 pm)
I' getting a new car now, and I have narrowed my choices to these two cars, the Jetta and the Accord. I've heard mixed reviews on both of them and i can't choose between the two. Which one do you guys/gals think is better and why.
Dec 30, 2003 (9:23 pm)
Now that's an interesting comparison--most people compare the Passat to the Accord. The Jetta is more comparable to a Civic. Are you going to be having people ride in the backseat very often? If so, I'm sure they'll appreciate the Accord. Mixed reviews on the Accord? I guess they're mixed because there's a few publications that that rank the Accord as only a close number 2 instead of number 1 .
I have a Passat and a new Accord. The Passat is fun to drive, but it's been in the shop quite a bit and it has a *better* reliability record than the Jetta. The Passat is built in Germany, but the Jetta is built in Mexico and has below average reliability. My friends with Jettas are not happy campers. Too many problems and VW charges out the wazoo for parts.
The Accord probably isn't as hip as the Jetta, although the Jetta doesn't seem nearly as popular as it once was. However, I'm having a blast with my Accord and even my cousin, a young single lawyer, almost bought an Accord instead of his BMW.
If you do want a VW, go for a low-end Passat--it's much better than a Jetta.
#3 of 244 Get the Accord
Dec 30, 2003 (9:59 pm)
BarryS summed it up nicely. The Accord and Passat are family sedans. The Jetta and Civic are compacts (formerly sub-compacts. Their smaller size yields cheaper prices and higher mpg, but both are a little cramped for family sedans, though the civic is larger than it looks. There are tons of mods for the Jetta and Civic to make them go insanely fast, but the accord 4 banger and especially the v6 is plenty fast for most people and more comfortable. Honda gets so much power out of its small engines that the vw turbo chargers are problematic. A chipped Jetta or one with a v6 shoved into it will fly, but still be unreliable. I love the Passat, but I suspect that one reason that its sales are not higher is that so many Jetta owners with reliablity problems, jump ship to another brand when purchasing their next car.
#4 of 244 Jetta vs Accord 4-door sedans?
Dec 31, 2003 (12:47 am)
Which model of both cars? I'm assuming you are talking top of the line sedans? Personally, I like how the Jetta looks over the Accord. But I prefer the Accord, overall, because of it's reputation for good realibility and value. If I were you, drive both cars and go with your instincts. I own a 04 Accord Coupe 6speed V6 and I love it!!!! =)
#5 of 244 Accord vs Jetta
Jan 06, 2004 (7:51 pm)
I own both a 2000 Jetta and a very recently acquired 2004 Accord. First impressions:
The Accord is a larger car. Much more room in the back seat for people than the Jetta. Also, there is more room in the front seats as well. In the Jetta, the rear passengers feet are cramped, unless the front seat is all the way forward. I also got more luxury and options for my money with the Accord.
Jetta is "tighter" to drive. It seems to handle the road better and makes the driver feel more un tune with the road (it is not modded). The Jetta has not been as reliable as I would like. Service cost has been high as well.
I can't compare the power of the two, since the Jetta is a TDI (Diesel) while I've got the 2.4l in the Accord. I love the TDI engine, would not hesitate to get another Diesel from VW. I chose the Accord over the Passat for the reliability, potential service cost and features for the dollar.
#6 of 244 I'd take the jetta
Jan 11, 2004 (10:19 pm)
I'd probably take the Jetta and I have actually made the decision. My Jetta has been great and have had no problems, yes the accord is bigger, but especially the newer models are increasingly ugly.
I know alot of people who have accords (both v6 and 4cyl) and are burning insane amount of oil in a car with less then 20,000miles on it, and there service is no better then VW (the classic "This is normal" and blaming the way you drive). As far as power goes I've run some friendly comp between my 1.8t and the high end accord v6 and I always come out on top at highway speeds, though I don't doubt in a short distance it would out run me, since I have a stock automatic, but once I'm doing about 40 I can fly past him like he is in reverse).
Alot of people knock the Jetta for being made in Mexico, however I have not seen any problems with the car due to inital build quality. Mexico does not equal bad. It is quite possible to build a quality car in mexico. It seems most problems with these cars are the mechanics at the VW dealerships which make even the most menial repair into a huge ordeal.
In the end, no one can tell you what to do, or what to get... if you wanted the size of the accord I'd say go for the Passat.. I've driven a few (when I was looking at my Jetta) and they are very nice cars. If you get the Jetta keep up with all of the recommended maintance, they will save you alot of hassle and also keep your car under warranty.
#7 of 244 sys3175
Jan 12, 2004 (4:18 pm)
I have to call you out on this.You say you go past your friend over 40 like he is in reverse.Maybe if he has a 4cyl.But in no way will a stock 1.8t do that to a 03 or newer v6.All you have to do is go to car-stats.com and you will see hard facts.Sorry, but I just think the truth should be known to anybody surfing this site comparing these two cars.
#8 of 244 Sorry to say...
Jan 12, 2004 (7:55 pm)
I am not talking about the 0-60 of the car, i'm talking about hitting the accelerator while driving at a steady 30-40 miles. The acceleration curve is much different at this point then if you were trying to do this from a complete stop. I've driven both cars.. while doing 40 in the vw you can floor it and put yourself against the seats, in the accord.. it just doesn't seem to happen.
Jan 12, 2004 (9:19 pm)
Are you serious. The V6 accord will destroy the paltry 1.8 Jetta. No matter what the distance is or what speed you are traveling. The V6 Passat can't even keep up with the V6 accord, stop preaching false statements. And yes I have driven both cars, and no I dont own either.
I believe you meant to say TORQUE CURVE, not acceleration curve.
Check out that site and let me know if the accord V6 can beat the jetta. Hmm, 0-60 Jetta 10 second ballpark, Accord 7 second ballpark. While Im at it, I am willing to bet my childrens college tution that the accord 4 cylinder can beat the Jetta TOO.
#10 of 244 just curious
Jan 13, 2004 (5:36 am)
Does VW make a car that is quicker than a 03 or newer accord V6?I dont think there is one Sys3175:Even in quarter mile times the accord is much quicker and has a higher speed than a 1.8t at the end of the trap.So your seat of the pants feel may not quite be accurate to reality.