Compare Volkswagen Passat vs Honda Accord & Nissan Altima

Compare: The Volkswagen Passat Takes on the Competition

If you're looking to buy a family friendly vehicle near Sarasota, then the Volkswagen Passat sedan is one of your better options. Sedans are some of the most common vehicles around and it takes a lot of charm and excellent engineering to get in front of the pack. The Passat does a great job of distinguishing itself form the competition with its responsive drive, roomy cabin, and powerful engine options.

Learn how the Volkswagen Passat fares against its competitors at Boast Volkswagen, your premier West Bradenton dealership.

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Passat vs. the Honda Accord

The Honda Accord has made a name for itself with its engaging performance and safety features, but comparing it to the Passat definitely reveals some shortcomings.

Power and Performance

At the base level, both vehicles offer respectable performances that will keep you having fun on the Palmetto roads. The Passat has plenty of extra power available with its optional V6 engine. While the Accord maxes out at 252 horsepower, the Passat gives you a fearsome 280 horsepower so you can dominate the open roads.

The Passat uses a traditional six-speed automatic transmission, while the Accord has adopted a CVT. This ultimately comes down to personal preference, but we think that the Passat's shifting gives you a smoother ride than the Accord. The Accord also has a smaller than average fuel tank for the class, meaning you'll be making stops more often.


Both vehicles are packed full of exciting technology, but the Passat brings more to the table on several key features. Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibilities let you integrate your smart device directly into your drive. The Accord does not offer this feature until its higher trim levels, so you're missing out if you don't fork over some extra cash.


Volkswagen offers the People First Warranty, one of the longest lasting programs on the market. With an impressive six-year/72,000-mile limited warranty, the Passat gives you more peace of mind than the Accord with only three-years/36,000-mile limited warranty.

Passat vs. the Nissan Altima

Altima fans cite its sporty engine options and comfortable interior as appealing, but the Passat manages to hold its own against the Altima's strong points and give drivers a little extra on top.

Power and Performance

Both vehicles offer capable engines at the base level and upgraded V6 engines as tempting options. The Passat's V6 outmatches the Altima's 270-horsepower engine and you can get this upgrade for about $4,000 less on the Passat.


The Passat offers a couple extra inches of rear leg room and trunk space, making it an appealing option for families and drivers with some extra gear. A standard power driver seat with lumbar support also increases your comfort on the Passat and is not available without an upgrade on the Altima.

One of the weak points on the Altima is the smaller than normal entertainment screens and the Passat capitalizes on this with excellent entertainment options and standard smart device integration. The Passat also gives you some extra style with its refined interior and comfortable seats.


The People First Warranty again gives the Passat a huge advantage in this comparison. The Altima comes with only three years/36,000 miles for its basic warranty, while the Passat again comes with a six-year/72,000-mile limited warranty. If you're searching for an auto warranty you can trust near Siesta Key, then the Passat is one of your best options.


Passat vs. the Hyundai Elantra

The Elantra has made great advances since it was first introduced to American buyers, but it's still not quite at the same level of sophistication and performance as is the Passat.

Power and Performance

Base models of each sedan offer the performance you want whether you're making a trip to Siesta Key for a day at the beach or commuting from Bradenton to Sarasota and back. If you're looking to get maximum power at your foot, the Elantra tops out with a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that makes 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. That's admirable, but doesn't come close to measuring up to the available 3.6-liter V6 for the Passat, which generates 280 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.

Interior Capacity

The Passat offers Palmetto drivers greater interior passenger volume, as well as significantly more headroom, shoulder room and legroom in both rows of seating. Add in the more expansive trunk space that's offered by the Passat, and it's clear that it's the better choice for road trips, car pools, and all-around driving comfort.


Here's yet another arena where the Passat offers more than the Elantra. While base models of each sedan offer the expected standard features, the Passat offers more conveniences at no extra charge from the very start. These include a 5-inch touchscreen sound system that comes with MP3/WMA-compatible CD player and SD memory card reader. Also, the Passat boasts an 8-way power adjustable driver's seat with power adjustable lumbar support; the Elantra's driver seat only adjusts 6 ways, and doesn't come with lumbar support.

Buy the Passat

We think that the Passat handedly beats both of these competitors and all while keeping its MSRP lower than both. If you're interested in buying the Volkswagen Passat near Bayshore Gardens, then stop by our West Bradenton dealership today for a test drive.

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