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2021 Honda Civic vs. 2021 Volkswagen Passat Review

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2021 Honda
Civic

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2021 Volkswagen
Passat

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MSRP*
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$21,250 to $28,300
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$23,995 to $29,995
Invoice* $20,268 to $26,393 $23,011 to $28,765
MPG - City 29 - 32 24
MPG - Hwy 37 - 42 N/A
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 4 years/50,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** Not Tested
Frontal Crash Rating** ***** Not Tested
Side Crash Rating** ***** Not Tested

**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
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Volkswagen Passat than the Honda Civic, due to its greater head- and legroom. Offering just a little more front head- and legroom than the Honda Civic, drivers may find the Volkswagen Passat a little roomier and somewhat more comfortable.

Convenience
With the Volkswagen Passat you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Honda Civic, due to its tank size and 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). When looking only at MSRP, the Honda Civic will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Volkswagen Passat. 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 Civic and the Volkswagen Passat have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Honda Civic is a little narrower than the Volkswagen Passat, so you'll have an easier time getting in and out of the car in a tight parking spot. If you go with the Honda Civic, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Volkswagen Passat.

Drivetrain
The Honda Civic has much less torque than the Volkswagen Passat, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Handling
The Honda Civic has a smaller turning radius than the Volkswagen Passat, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
In terms of horsepower, it's basically a tie between the Honda Civic and the Volkswagen Passat.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Honda Civic and the Volkswagen Passat. The Honda Civic has less cargo capacity than the Volkswagen Passat, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
The basic warranty of the Honda Civic is not as nearly as extensive as that of the Volkswagen Passat.