2011 Honda
Accord EX-L
vs. 2011 Volkswagen
Jetta TDI

2011 Honda Accord EX-L

10.0

starting from

$30,525
"A well laid out pod-like centre stack."
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"It's an elegant ride."
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Reasons to buy the Honda Accord EX-L

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Spacious front seats
55.8 ft3
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Better suspension
Independent
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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
5 stars
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Safer for the driver in head-on collisions
5 stars
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

9.0

starting from

$24,865

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Jetta TDI

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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
42 mpg
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Good city fuel efficiency
30 mpg
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Good braking distance from 60mph
113 ft
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Winner: Accord EX-L
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  • Leather comes standard on the Accord EX-L; the Jetta TDI only offers cloth seats
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Accord EX-L's power seats; not available on the Jetta TDI
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.2
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Winner: Accord EX-L
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  • The Accord EX-L's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The Accord EX-L's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
  • The Accord EX-L has 1 more speaker, providing a better entertainment experience, 7 vs 6
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Winner: Accord EX-L
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  • The Accord EX-L has 1.5x less risk of rolling over, 5 stars vs 4 stars
  • The Accord EX-L has 2.1x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 4 stars
Performance 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Winner: Accord EX-L
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  • The Accord EX-L's power-to-weight ratio is more than 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 17.9 lb/hp vs 22.9 lb/hp
  • Around 40% more powerful, 190 HP @ 7,000 RPM vs 140 HP @ 4,000 RPM
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Honda Accord EX-L Winner: Accord EX-L
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  • Passengers in front seats enjoy more than 10% more room, 55.8 ft3 vs 48.7 ft3
  • The Accord EX-L's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the Jetta TDI
  • Almost the same, 629 miles vs 609 miles
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
  • Shorter basic warranty
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Child door locks come standard
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

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Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Volkswagen
Jetta TDI
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Accord EX-L's power seats; not available on the Jetta TDI
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Accord EX-L; the Jetta TDI only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

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Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
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Jetta TDI
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Number of speakers 7 vs 6 The Accord EX-L has an OK number of speakers, while the Jetta TDI has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The Accord EX-L's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Jetta TDI does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Standard Both come standard with satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The Accord EX-L has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Crash Test Ratings

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Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Volkswagen
Jetta TDI
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Rollover resistance 5 stars vs 4 stars The Accord EX-L is exceptionally safe; 1.5x safer than the Jetta TDI
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs 4 stars The better is 2.1x safer than the Jetta TDI
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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

Performance

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Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
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Jetta TDI
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Horsepower 190 HP @ 7,000 RPM vs 140 HP @ 4,000 RPM The Accord EX-L is of average power, but the Jetta TDI is underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The Jetta TDI's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs Turbocharger The Jetta TDI's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 17.9 lb/hp vs 22.9 lb/hp The Accord EX-L has OK performance while the Jetta TDI 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 TDI is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the Accord EX-L is quite bad

Practicality

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Accord EX-L
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 629 miles vs 609 miles Fantastic highway range
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Cargo space 14.7 ft3 vs 15.5 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.8 ft3 vs 48.7 ft3 The Accord EX-L has roomy front seats, but the Jetta TDI 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 Standard vs Optional The Accord EX-L's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the Jetta TDI
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Cupholders 4 vs 4 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

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Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Volkswagen
Jetta TDI
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MSRP $30,525 vs $24,865 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 23 mpg vs 30 mpg The Jetta TDI has great city mileage and the Accord EX-L is pretty reasonable
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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

Safety Features

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Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Volkswagen
Jetta TDI
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Unknown
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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

Road Tests

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Accord EX-L
2011 Honda Accord EX-L
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Volkswagen
Jetta TDI
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0-60 mph 8.9 seconds vs 8.3 seconds The Jetta TDI's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Accord EX-L is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 125 ft vs 113 ft The Jetta TDI has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Accord EX-L is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.6 s @ 86 mph vs 16.2 s @ 86 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.79 g vs 0.82 g The Jetta TDI has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average Accord EX-L
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Top speed Unknown vs 130 mph

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Honda Accord EX-L 2011 Honda CR-V EX-L Accord EX-L vs CR-V EX-L
2011 Honda Accord LX 2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Accord LX vs Elantra GLS
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2011 BMW 335d Jetta TDI vs 335d
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2011 Toyota Camry SE Jetta TDI vs Camry SE
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2012 Audi A3 Premium Jetta TDI vs A3 Premium

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