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2021 Honda Accord vs. 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Review

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2021 Honda
Accord

MSRP*: $24,970 to $36,900
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Picture of the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

2021 Volkswagen
Jetta GLI

MSRP*: $26,345 to $31,545
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Invoice* $23,807 to $34,017 $25,291 to $29,515
MPG - City 22 - 30 MPG 24 MPG
MPG - Hwy 32 - 38 MPG 33 - 35 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine 192-hp, 1.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel), 252-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel) 228-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 10-Speed A/T, Continuously Variable 7-Speed A/T, M/T
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 192 - 252 hp 228 hp
Exterior Length 196.1 in 185.2 in
Exterior Width 73.3 in 70.8 in
Leg Room Front 42.3 in
Rear 40.4 in
Front 41.1 in
Rear 37.4 in
Head Room Front 37.5 - 39.5 in
Rear 37.2 - 37.3 in
Front 38.5 in
Rear 37.2 in
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Honda Accord than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Honda Accord and the Volkswagen Jetta GLI in the front seats.

Convenience
With the Honda Accord you will definitely be making fewer stops at the gas station than with the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, due to its larger tank size and better fuel economy.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Whether you pick the Honda Accord or the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, it's going to cost you about the same. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Honda Accord and the Volkswagen Jetta GLI have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Honda Accord is much wider than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. If you go with the Honda Accord, you may be circling the block looking for a space large enough to park more often than with the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Handling
The Honda Accord has a larger turning radius than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
The Honda Accord has less horsepower than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, so it will probably be somewhat slower.

Powertrain
The Honda Accord has much less torque than the Volkswagen Jetta GLI, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Honda Accord and the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Honda Accord is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Volkswagen Jetta GLI.