BMWs are great vehicles that offer an excellent driving experience. But the cost of owning one can put a strain on a modest budget.

If you want to save money, while not sacrificing available options and drive quality, take a look at the 2019 Honda Accord. Well styled, reliable, and equipped with options found on more expensive cars, the Accord an excellent alternative at an affordable price.

See how the 2019 Honda Accord stacks up against the 2019 BMW 330i.

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2019 Honda Accord EX-L
2019 Honda Accord EX

Engine:
1.5-Liter VTEC® Turbocharged 4-cylinder
CVT with Sport Mode, 212-hp
Zero to 60 MPH in 5.5 sec

Measurements:
Mid-Size, 4-door sedan
Gas mileage: 30 mpg City/38 mpg Hwy

Exterior—
Wheelbase: 111.4 in
Length: 192.2 in
Height: 57.1 in
Width: 73.3 in
Curb weight: 3362 lbs

Interior—
Headroom (front/rear): 37.5 in / 37.2 in
Legroom (front/rear): 42.3 in / 40.4 in
Shoulder room (front/rear): 58.3 in / 56.5 in
Seating capacity: 5
Cargo volume: 16.7 cu ft

Features:
Remote engine start—Yes
Keyless entry—Yes
Push button start—Yes
Leather-wrapped steering wheel—Yes
Upholstery—Cloth
Power driver’s seat—Yes
Power passenger seat—No
Heated front seats—Yes
Dual-Zone climate control—Yes
Wood trim—No
Apple CarPlay™—Yes
Android Auto™—Yes
Bluetooth—Yes
USB ports—Yes
Power moonroof—Yes
Heated side mirrors—Yes
Power folding side mirrors—No
Rain-sensing windshield wipers—No
LED headlights—Yes
Garage-door opener—No
Blind spot detection—Yes
Rearview camera—Yes

Wheels:
17-inch alloy

Safety:
Honda Sensing
—Blind spot detection
—Honda LaneWatch™ side-view camera
—Collision Mitigation Braking System™
—Road Departure Mitigation System
—Lane Keeping Assist System
—Adaptive Cruise Control
—Traffic Sign Recognition

Warranty:
5 years or 60,000 miles

$27k

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2019 BMW 3 Series
2019 BMW 330i

Engine:
2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder
16-valve 255-hp
Zero to 60 MPH in 5.6 sec

Measurements:
Compact, 4-door sedan
Gas Mileage: 26 mpg City/36 mpg Hwy

Exterior—
Wheelbase: 112.2 in
Length: 185.7 in
Height: 56.8 in
Width: 71.9 in
Curb weight: 3582 lbs

Interior—
Headroom (front/rear): 38.7 in / 37.6 in
Legroom (front/rear): 42 in / 35.2 in
Shoulder room (front/rear): 56 in / 54.6 in
Seating capacity: 5
Cargo volume: 17 cu ft

Features:
Remote engine start—Yes
Keyless entry—Yes
Push button start—Yes
Leather-wrapped steering wheel—Yes
Upholstery—SensaTec (synthetic leather)
Power driver’s seat—Yes
Power passenger seat—Yes
Heated front seats—Yes
Dual-Zone climate control—Yes
Wood trim—Yes
Apple CarPlay™—Yes
Android Auto™—Yes
Bluetooth—Yes
USB ports—Yes
Power moonroof—Yes
Heated side mirrors—Yes
Power folding mirrors—Yes
Rain-sensing windshield wipers—Yes
LED headlights—Yes
Garage-door opener—Yes
Blind spot detection—Yes
Rearview camera—Yes

Wheels:
18-inch alloy

Safety:
Front and rear Head Protection System (HPS)
Seat-mounted front side-impact airbags
Knee airbags for driver and front passenger
Frontal collison warning
Automatic city collision mitigation
Lane departure warning
Imminent accidents detection
Fatigue and Focus Alert

Warranty:
4 years or 50,000 miles

$40k

The 330i beat the Accord in a few performance categories (barely). But, the Accord has a very strong track record that includes making Car and Driver’s Top Ten list 22 of the last 24 years. The 3 Series has made the list the last 5 years. Honda has made refining the technology in it’s vehicles a priority. This is evidant in the Accord’s infotainment system, integrations with Apple and Android, and the suite of driver assistance and safety features included with Honda Sensing

Bottom line, with near comparable safety and performance features, praise from drivers and critics, decades of proven reliability, and at a near $13k price difference, the Accord should be a contender even if you’re not watching your wallet.

Robert Alezi

Staff Writer, Music & Technology

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