Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid  vs Honda Accord Plug-in 

Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

  • $25k
  • 1.4L Hybrid
  • 42 city 48 hwy
Responsive steering and taut suspension tuning that's still compliant enough for daily commuting make the Jetta Hybrid feel nimble in the city and comfortable on the highway.
by (Jan, 2013)

Honda Accord Plug-in

  • $40k
  • 2.0L Hybrid
  • 47 city 46 hwy
The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid uses a 2-motor hybrid system consisting of a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder gasoline engine and a 124-kilowatt electric motor.
by KBB (Apr, 2013)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of Jetta Hybrid vs Accord Plug-in


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Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid 

RideNerd recommends the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid  based on its affordability and fuel economy.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Jetta Hybrid vs Accord Plug-in

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

Reasons to consider the
Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

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Lower MSRP $25k vs $40k Around 40% cheaper sticker price
Cheaper annual cost $6,222 vs $9,125 More than 30% less expensive per year
Less energy used per car made 1,790 kWh/vehicle vs 1,916 kWh/vehicle 5% less per car made; less dirty energy used in the manufacturing process benefits everyone
Front view of Honda Accord Plug-in

Reasons to consider the
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Recirculates exhaust gas Yes vs No Recirculation improves the reduction of harmful emissions by the pollution control systems
Better city driving range 573 miles vs 495 miles More than 15% further in the city

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$24,995 8.3¢/mile Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
Honda Accord Plug-in $39,780 7.9¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid is cheaper (per year) for most drivers. The Honda Accord Plug-in only makes sense if you drive an unusually high amount.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Honda Accord Plug-in
Price $4,999 ($24,995) $7,956 ($39,780)
Fuel $1,247 (1,685 gallons) $1,192 (1,611 gallons)
City 42 MPG 47 MPG
Highway 48 MPG 46 MPG
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Jetta Hybrid  vs Accord Plug-in 

All Plug-in models are front-wheel drive and use an electronic continuously variable automatic transmission.
Accord Plug-in

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Jetta Hybrid  vs
Accord Plug-in 
Brand Volkswagen Honda
Body style
Model year 2013 2014
City range 495 miles 573 miles
Highway range 566 miles 561 miles
MSRP $25k $40k
Annual cost $6,222 $9,125

Manufacturing Emissions

Energy per car made 1,790 kWh/vehicle 1,916 kWh/vehicle

power & handling

Max torque 184 ft-lb @ 1,400 RPM 122 ft-lb @ 3,500 RPM
Max HP 150 HP @ 5,000 RPM 195 HP @ 6,200 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 22.07 lb/hp 19.48 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.4 feet 38.1 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link Multi link
Front brakes 11.3 in Ventilated Disc 11.5 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 10.71 in Disc 11.1 in Disc
Front wheel width 195 225
Front wheel diameter 15 inch 17 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 65 50

safety features

Active head restraints No No
Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Child door locks Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Rear camera N/A Standard
Rear sensor N/A N/A
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None None

physical dimensions

Width 70 in 67.7 in
Front track width 60.7 in 62.4 in
Height 57.2 in 57.7 in
Ground clearance 5.5 in 5.8 in
Length 182.8 in 193.5 in
Wheelbase 104.4 in 109.3 in
Curb weight 3,311 lb 3,799 lb
Has a rear spoiler Yes Yes
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 50 ft³ 56 ft³
Rear seat room 44 ft³ 47 ft³


Jetta Hybrid  vs
Accord Plug-in 
Carbon monoxide/mile 0.18 g 0.1 g
Methane/mile 0 g 0 g
NMOG/mile 0.01 g 0.01 g
Vapor canisters 1 1
Vapor canister capacity 110 g 186 g
Bleed canisters 0 0
Catalytic converters 2 2
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes Yes
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No No
Recirculates exhaust gas No Yes

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 1.4L 2.0L
Air compressor None None
Cylinders I4 I4
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Traditional Continuously-variable
Transmission 7-speed Automatic 2WD Automatic 2WD

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic Generic
Speakers 6 6
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes Yes
Has a subwoofer No No
Auxiliary input Yes Yes
AM/FM radio Standard Standard
CD player Standard Standard
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio N/A N/A
Entertainment system N/A N/A


Cruise control Standard Standard
Front A/C Standard N/A
Front passenger A/C Standard N/A
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof N/A N/A
Navigation system N/A N/A
Roof rails N/A N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power outlets Standard Standard
Power steering Standard Standard
Power windows Standard Standard
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