Volkswagen vs. Acura
With so many car brands out there, it can be challenging to choose one that offers the body style selection and features onboard that you’re looking for. While Volkswagen and Acura are both brands manufactured outside the US, you may not know much else about them.
Getting familiar with the origins and mission of a brand, the different models it sells, and its noteworthy features can help you come closer to a new car decision. Read on to see how Volkswagen and Acura compare as two pioneering brands with intriguing stories to tell.
The People’s Car
Established as the manufacturer that would mass produce a specially designed economy car during Hitler’s era, the Volkswagen company has compelling origins. Brought about in a time of turmoil, the brand’s original task was intercepted by the start of WWII.
After the war, Volkswagen was taken under British ownership, where it began to produce the iconic VW Beetle that’s still around today. In 1972, VW celebrated the 15 millionth Beetle sold, and it still holds the designation as the most popular car in the world.
The People’s Car stuck around because of its dependability, easy maintenance, and high fuel economy—an enduring trio that’s continued to keep VW on the up and up through the 2000s. More recent VW trendsetters still manage to carry on the classic feel that’s associated with the original Bug. Precision Crafted Performance
Seeking to introduce vehicles that delivered high-end style and performance, Japanese auto manufacturer Honda brought the Acura luxury car brand to US buyers in 1986. As the auto market’s first Japanese luxury brand, Acura is credited with paving the way for Japanese makers Nissan and Toyota to develop their own upscale brands (Infiniti and Lexus).
Acura’s premier full-size sedan, the 1986 Acura Legend, set the stage for a new take on the premium car segment. Today, Acura brand vehicles cater to a discerning car audience that seeks out high-performance specs and lavish features.
Versatility and Luxury
Volkswagen models are sleek, simple, and attractive. Aside from the quirky and iconic Beetle that’s still in production, VW offers a compact sedan (the Jetta), midsize sedan and sports coupe (the Passat and the CC), active and luxury SUVs (the Tiguan and the Touareg), and a set of hatchbacks and wagons (the Golf series).
In recent years, the VW Golf lineup has become quite the sensation. The modern hatchback series truly shows off the passion and commitment Volkswagen puts into creating family-friendly vehicles that stand in a segment all their own. Stellar performance, premium athleticism, and advanced efficiency are impressively executed in the original Golf, the GTI, the R, and the Golf SportWagen.
Acura aims to bring standout style and polished performance quality through its five core luxury models. A full sedan fleet includes the upscale compact ILX, the premium midsize TLX, and the luxury large RLX. A compact luxury SUV known as the RDX and a luxury midsize SUV, the MDX, fill out the rest of the Acura lineup.
On the Performance Scale
When it comes to comparing these two brands performance-wise, it depends on what you seek in a new car or SUV. In the realm of efficiency, each Volkswagen model beats out its Acura counterpart hands down. But as far as power goes, Acura’s performance-centered aim generally packs more horsepower under the hood of its base models.
If you’re searching to find a model to suit the needs of you and your family, VW certainly has more body styles to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a sporty way to cruise Florida top down in a Beetle Convertible or want to get behind the wheel of a race-savvy and strong Golf hatchback, Port Charlotte Volkswagen’s showroom is always stocked with a variety of new VW models. Interested buyers in Fort Myers, Sarasota, and North Port can contact us to schedule a test drive or read our VW vehicle reviews for more information on this outstanding brand!