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2015 Accord LX vs 2017 Passat S
My 2015 Accord LX (25,500 miles) lease is up next month and I have to decide on either a buyout or turn in. I am also looking at a '17 Passat S with 10,500 miles. With a lower APR% offering and a price of $14,200, the '17 Passat S will cost about the same as the '15 Accord LX.
The Accord will no longer be under warranty, whereas the Passat will have about 2 years left under warranty.
I have always driven Accords, nothing else. This model has very uncomfortable seats and I have to use pads on the seat and back, which is a bummer. Also, there is fabric on the door handle, armrests, and door trim in light silver that gets dirty. I don't understand why they did this. Besides these things, I like the Accord and had no issues with it so far. It is plenty quick enough for me and I like the CVT trans. It handles nicely, but it does ride a bit harsh to me and doesn't feel as nimble as my earlier Accords.
I have test driven the Passat S and the seats seem comfortable enough.The only negatives I noted were the highway wind noise near the windshield and how the transmission felt when accelerating from a stop. It did not feel smooth or quick. I've never driven a turbo engine before or a Volkswagen, so I don't know if this is normal.
As far as reliability is concerned, I've driven 3 Accords 170,000 - 200,000 miles, so I'm a bit hesitant to switch to VW, which gets an average reliability rating on many sites. Also, Accords have higher resale values, if I'm correct.
Are the seats on this gen. Accord a deal breaker for anyone else? Am I crazy thinking of switching to a VW?
All feedback is welcome and appreciated.