If you are shopping in the midsize sedan aisle, the Volkswagen Jetta and the Honda Accord are two options on similar shelves. Both sedans let you travel to and from work comfortably. Which one is right for your trips to the office though?

Maguire Volkswagen has prepared this Volkswagen Jetta vs. Honda Accord comparison. If you live near Ithaca, Corning, or Binghamton, NY, find out which one may be the right fit for your lifestyle by reading below.

Does the VW Jetta or the Honda Accord Have Better Efficiency?

The base trim of the VW Jetta has better efficiency than the Honda Accord. Let's look at how the sedans measure up.  

When we looked underneath the hood of a VW Jetta, we found that the standard engine is a 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder unit. When paired with the available 6-speed manual transmission, this engine achieves an EPA-estimated 29 city/43 highway MPG.1

When comparing the standard engine in the Honda Accord, we found that the sedan uses an inline 4-cylinder engine. It achieves an EPA-estimated 30 city/38 highway MPG.

What does this mean for you? When properly equipped, you'll find that the VW Jetta and the Honda Accord have comparable MPG ratings. The VW Jetta, however, has better overall fuel economy that provides better efficiency on the highway.

Which Sedan Is More Nimble?

The VW Jetta is more nimble than the Honda Accord. The VW sedan's agility starts with its frame and extends to its powertrain.

When we broke out the tape measure, we found that the Accord is 196.1 inches long and 73.3 inches wide. The VW Jetta checks in at 185.1 inches long and 70.8 inches wide. It is easier to weave through highway traffic and back into narrow parking spots in the VW Jetta.


VW Jetta

Honda Accord


70.8 inches wide

73.3 inches


185.1 inches

196.1 inches


105.8 inches

111.4 inches


What about their performance? Both sedans can be equipped with an automatic transmission that provides a smooth performance.

You might be more comfortable handling a manual transmission. However, a manual transmission is not available in the Honda Accord.

The VW Jetta can be equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission. You'll have a greater ability to select the transmission that fits your style with the VW Jetta.  

Which Sedan Looks in the Mirror?

Your smartphone is your gateway to your family and your friends. It also helps you stay in touch with the office when you're running a work errand. You'll have easier access to your phone in the VW Jetta than in the Honda Accord.

The VW Jetta is equipped with MirrorLink®, an app that connects your smartphone to your vehicle's infotainment system. You'll be able to access navigation and music apps through the vehicle's touchscreen.

MirrorLink® is not available in the Honda Accord. What does this mean for you? You'll have easier and safer access to your phone when you use a MirrorLink®-enabled phone in the VW Jetta.

Verdict: The VW Jetta Is More Versatile

Our Volkswagen Jetta vs. Honda Accord comparison reveals how the versatility of the VW Jetta stands out.

How can you perform your own car review on the VW Jetta? Test drive the sedan at Maguire Volkswagen. It's the best way to find out which vehicle is right for your trips around Ithaca, Corning, and Binghamton, New York.


¹ 29 city/43 highway mpg (2022 Jetta 1.5L, 6-speed manual transmission). EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition

Make an Inquiry

Contact Us

Maguire Volkswagen of Ithaca

370 Elmira Road
Directions Ithaca, NY 14850

  • Sales: (607) 257-1515
  • Service: 607-257-1515
  • Parts: 607-257-1515


  • Monday 8:00am - 8:00pm
  • Tuesday 8:00am - 8:00pm
  • Wednesday 8:00am - 8:00pm
  • Thursday 8:00am - 8:00pm
  • Friday 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sunday Closed