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Honda Accord vs. Toyota Camry vs. Volkswagen Passat

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  • imscfimscf Posts: 34
    I believe that there is about a 5K difference in price between the Accord and the Passat, similarly equipped-- Passat the more expensive to buy and to insure.
  • 2 months ago test drove a 2013 Accord Sport. Pretty enjoyable experience. Just test drove a 4cyl 2013 Camry SE. Felt meh, for lack of a better word. Not very zippy; just kind of like a stiffer family sedan (my 2005 camry se is at least as much fun to drive IMO). Has anyone compared a 2013 Accord LX to a 2013 Camry SE? Just wondering.
  • togrovetogrove Posts: 25
    I test drove a 2013 VW Passat 2.5L and a TDI 2.0L. The specs say the Passat 2.5L has 170hp and 177 lbs/ft torque, while the TDI 2.0L has 140hp and 236 lbs/ft torque. The specs show TDI 2.0L having lower hp but higher torque. Between the Passat 2.5L and TDI 2.0L, which one will feel more powerful? Which one will get 0-60 quicker?
  • 4myfamily4myfamily Posts: 16
    Hi, I did test drive the Camry SE right after I tested the Honda.
    My personal opinion, the accord wins by far. I did not even want to hear all the good stuff that it has. Have not said that, it is personal Preference , both cars are reliable, good luck
  • 4myfamily4myfamily Posts: 16
    Hi all,
    Any one has compared the EXL with comparable Passat ?
    Thanks
  • deerlake7deerlake7 Posts: 172
    You need to drive them back to back yourself. My experience was that from 0 to 30, I found the TDI more responsive, but after that, the 2.5 was a bit better. From 50 to 70, I found both of them slow, with the TDI the weakest. Just about anything in that category (Accord, Camry, Mazda6) was quicker for mid-range, or highway passing.
  • suydamsuydam Posts: 3,669
    My feelings exactly. Accord is so much nicer driving than Camry. We wrote it off immediately. Never drove the Passat this time around. Our other comparo was the Nissan Altima. That was a harder choice.
    '14 Buick Encore Convenience
    '17 Chevy Volt Premiere
  • Hi all:)

  • benjaminhbenjaminh Posts: 3,550

    Hey jjthompson1: welcome. Are you comparing these three cars?

    2018 Acura TLX 2.4 Tech 4WS (mine), 2018 Honda CR-V EX AWD (wife's)
  • gtgtcobragtgtcobra Posts: 268
    I think that the new 2015 Camry LE and SE have beaten the Accord in many ways. What do you think?
  • berriberri Posts: 8,885
    edited April 2015
    I have to get past the front end, but I agree that the Camry has improved. It also gives you more choice than the Honda by offering the sportier riding SE or the softer riding LE and XLE. But I think the Accord and Camry are kind of different cars. Either way, I don't think you'll go wrong. Neither is necessarily eye candy in my view, but both are very competent and reliable rides. Now fulfilling the topic title, I think the new Passat looks a little bland, but it appears to have improved reliability. Don't know about their dealer network and attitudes though.
  • allycyatallycyat Posts: 47
    Honda Hands Down…IMO
  • oparroparr Posts: 74
    Camry has 24 months free maintenance and roadside assistance, what's Honda offering these days in that area?
  • suydamsuydam Posts: 3,669
    You realize that's like 2 oil changes.
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  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 20,197
    Yes, what Toyota is offering is of little value. Nothing is ever free so ask them if they will reduce the price of the car if you forgo the "free" maintenance and the roadside assistance that you would probably never use.
  • oparroparr Posts: 74
    You realize that's like 2 oil changes.

    The only way that makes sense is if you're treating a new car like an "old broke" where forced maintenance and "Jack of all makes" mechanics are the order of the day. Typical of Honda owners I guess.
  • suydamsuydam Posts: 3,669
    Newer cars now go several thousand miles between oil changes. On my Accord the Maintenance Minder came on at 9500 miles; second one at 17000. Toyota, Nissan are similar. Has nothing to do with Honda.
    '14 Buick Encore Convenience
    '17 Chevy Volt Premiere
  • oparroparr Posts: 74

    Yes, what Toyota is offering is of little value. Nothing is ever free so ask them if they will reduce the price of the car if you forgo the "free" maintenance and the roadside assistance that you would probably never use.

    You sell Hondas? Well, if that means you're a Honda dealer then guess what, Toyota dealers are making more money than you. Heck, I haven't had my Camry for 6 months yet and the dealer has called me twice telling me my service is overdue...you know why?

    Furthermore, when you do go in for service they try to treat you like "god", at the end they go through the inspection list (12 points every 5000 miles or 6 months) and tell you everything they did and how much it would normally cost. All for free. And yes, when JD Power comes along with their surveys, you're tempted to participate and say something good. That my friend is just another reason why Camry outsells Accord. I'm on my fourth since '97. A word to the myopic should be sufficient.

  • ral2167ral2167 ohioPosts: 767
    I own a 2013 camry, and I'm really not trying to come off as biased here, but the new Camry... how is this a better looking car than the previous years? I have no doubt the interior instrumentation is much better. .. I have a mpg gauge on mine that's pretty much pointless. .. but the exterior of the 2015 I don't find all that attractive. Of course none of these three cars are as good looking as the Mazda 6. And as far as the accord, get a blind spot indicator light on the side mirrors for crying out loud. Am I nuts?
  • oparroparr Posts: 74
    suydam said:

    Newer cars now go several thousand miles between oil changes. On my Accord the Maintenance Minder came on at 9500 miles; second one at 17000. Toyota, Nissan are similar. Has nothing to do with Honda.

    The Camry's maintenance guide, from Toyota and comes with the car, indicates a minimum maintenance interval of 5000 miles or 6 months. It also states that the oil maintenance minder be reset every 5000 miles by the dealer. But that's not the only thing that takes place with the service, there is also tire rotation, inspections and comprehensive fluids checks and top-ups.

    Going 9500 miles would be like 3 years at the rate my wife drives (her Camry is 20 years old), so ignoring the time factor would be somewhat silly on the part of those who use that alone to determine service intervals. Also, unless you're doing your own top-ups or depending on full service gas stations (not recommended, they often overfill to sell more), you're probably depending on low level gauges as reminders as well.

    Has nothing to do with Honda

    I was referring to a possible Honda owner's mindset which your post seems to substantiate.

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