2011 Honda
Accord LX
vs. 2011 Volkswagen
Jetta

2011 Honda Accord LX

10.0

starting from

$22,150
"Excellent resale value."
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Reasons to buy the Honda Accord LX

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Very spacious front seats
59.3 ft3
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OK brakes
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CD player
Standard
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
2011 Volkswagen Jetta

9.4

starting from

$16,135

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Jetta

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Good braking distance from 60mph
113 ft
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OK cornering
0.82 g
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Comparable turning radius
36.4 ft
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Good highway fuel efficiency
34 mpg
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 Honda Accord LX Winner: Accord LX
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  • The Accord LX has 1.5x less risk of rolling over, 5 stars vs 4 stars
  • The Accord LX has 2.1x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Volkswagen Jetta Winner: Jetta
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  • The best price we've seen is $6,015 cheaper (around 30% less), $16,135 vs $22,150
  • Almost the same, 24 mpg vs 23 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
  • Neither has a power seat option
  • Neither offers a leather interior
Road Tests - vs -
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Underpowered
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Overall 10.0 vs 9.4

Crash Test Ratings

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Accord LX
2011 Honda Accord LX
2011 Volkswagen Jetta Volkswagen
Jetta
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 4 stars The Accord LX is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the Jetta
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs 4 stars The better is 2.1x safer than the Jetta
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 6% to 10% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Cost

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Accord LX
2011 Honda Accord LX
2011 Volkswagen Jetta Volkswagen
Jetta
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MSRP $22,150 vs $16,135 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 23 mpg vs 24 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Luxury Features

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Accord LX
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2011 Volkswagen Jetta Volkswagen
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Road Tests

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Accord LX
2011 Honda Accord LX
2011 Volkswagen Jetta Volkswagen
Jetta
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0-60 mph 8.9 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 125 ft vs 113 ft The Jetta has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Accord LX is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.6 s @ 86 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.79 g vs 0.82 g The Jetta has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average Accord LX
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Top speed Unknown vs 130 mph

Safety Features

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Accord LX
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Drum The Accord LX has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

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Accord LX
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2011 Volkswagen Jetta Volkswagen
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Horsepower 177 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 115 HP @ 5,200 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 18.1 lb/hp vs 24.4 lb/hp The Accord LX has OK performance while the Jetta gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.7 ft vs 36.4 ft The Jetta is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the Accord LX is quite bad

Practicality

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Accord LX
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 611 miles vs 493 miles The Accord LX gets fantastic distance on a single tank, and the Jetta gets OK distance
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Cargo space 14.7 ft3 vs 15.5 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 59.3 ft3 vs 50.3 ft3 The Accord LX has very spacious front seats, but the Jetta is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 4 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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Accord LX
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Number of speakers 6 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Not Available Rock on in the Accord LX; but prepare to settle for the local radio station in the Jetta
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Honda Accord EX 2012 Volvo S60 T6 Accord EX vs S60 T6
2011 Honda Accord EX-L 2011 BMW 328i Accord EX-L vs 328i
2011 Honda Accord EX 2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT Accord EX vs Cruze LT
2011 Honda Accord LX 2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Accord LX vs Elantra GLS
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2012 Audi A3 Premium Jetta TDI vs A3 Premium
2011 Volkswagen Jetta 2011 Toyota Corolla Jetta vs Corolla
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2011 Toyota Camry SE Jetta TDI vs Camry SE
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2012 Chevrolet Cruze eco Jetta TDI vs Cruze eco
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan S 4Motion Jetta TDI vs Tiguan S 4Motion

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