2018 passat

Pass on the Accord for the Passat!

The Volkswagen Passat is the midsized car for family-sized fun. And to keep that fun going, the Passat is jam-packed with active safety features including Lane Departure Warning unlike the comparable Honda Accord. The 2018 Passat has also earned a 5-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And it's been named a 2017 Top Safety Pick (when equipped with Front Assist) by the prestigious Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Not only are Volkswagen vehicles beautifully crafted, but they're also beautifully crafted with safety in mind.

Speaking of safety, Park Assist is a must-have feature for any driver nowadays. Luckily, it comes standard on the Passat SEL V6. Park Assist determines if a parking spot is the right size for your Volkswagen and will help steer your vehicle into the space: either parallel or perpendicular. Imagine having a car that can park itself! You won’t be able to do that with the Honda Accord.

Two engine options are offered with the Passat giving the consumer the power to choose. You can select either the 2.0-liter TSI engine or a 3.6-liter V6. The Accord also offers two engine sizes, but they fall short in performance compared to the Passat.

The Passat’s 2.0 TSI engine boosts an EPA-estimated 36 mpg highway. The Accord’s 2.0-liter only gets 32 estimated mpg highway. That makes the Passat a perfect companion for any road-trip. And Volkswagen has recently introduced its People First Warranty. The new VW warranty covers six years or 72,000 miles - longer than any Honda vehicle. That’s not a typical powertrain warranty either...it’s a BUMPER-TO-BUMPER warranty. The Honda Accord has basic coverage for three years or 36,000 miles. No contest.

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As if sharks weren't enough...

Crocodile comes ashore on Hollywood beach. The 8-foot, 145 pound prehistoric monster showed up Monday, November 20th to the surprise of local beach goers and guests of the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort. It drew television crews, crowds and wildlife officers.

A Hollywood police officer approached people taking photos and told them to back up.

“Can you run 18 miles an hour?” the officer asked one woman.

“No,” she said.

“He can,” the officer said. Everyone backed up.

It was finally caught late in the day by officials and released elsewhere.

But, seriously, it wasn't enough to have jellyfish, stingrays and sharks to watch out for...now we need to worry about crocodiles now too?

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Holiday Events for South Florida Families

The Sun Sentinel has helpfully put together a list of family-friendly local fun this holiday season. We've ranked the Top 10 by fun-factor for you...

5) HOLIDAY EVENING AT VIZCAYA

Vizcaya's always a fun place to visit, even when it isn't the Holiday Season...but IT IS the Holiday Season! And December 13th, Vizcaya is hosting a mini-tuba concert, caroling, art making, seasonal treats and plenty of incredible photo opportunities and for $5pp, it's worth a trip. Visit vizcaya.org to learn more.

4) SANTA'S BREAKFAST & KIDS FUN TIME HOLIDAY PARTY

This is a pretty amazing find! Enjoy a free buffet breakfast with Santa at the Palm Beach Outlets. Hosted by South Florida Parenting, you'll also get a complimentary family photo with Santa, cookie decorating, face painting, crafts, games, music and more! It's all free on December 2nd from 8:30-11am - and since it's just a couple of hours in the morning, you'll still have time to do some fun seasonal frolicking at night. See palmbeachoutlets.com for the full schedule.

3) BOCA RATON HOLIDAY STREET PARADE

You can't have a top 5 without a parade! This year, Boca Raton is getting "lit" for their 47th annual parade on December 6. Enjoy music, dancers, cheerleaders, drill teams and amazing Christmas floats. Little ones always end up with special surprises given out during the parade and many local businesses participate as well. myboca.us has the parade route and more.

2)  SANTA'S ENCHANTED FOREST

It's a Miami holiday theme park with rides, shows, games and holiday decorations that will delight even the Grinchiest of Grinches.  Visit santasenchantedforest.com for details.

1) 46TH ANNUAL SEMINOLE HARD ROCK WINTERFEST BOAT PARADE

It's an annual tradition you can't afford to miss. December 9th, check out the floating parties. It's great fun for everyone in the family. Holiday lights, music and great entertainment. Check out winterfestparade.com for more information.

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Are you Civic-minded? Think again.

Volkswagen has recently introduced the People First Warranty. It’s the best and longest warranty of its kind, offering six years or 72,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage. Not just a powertrain warranty. Not just a battery warranty. The new VW warranty is a bumper-to-bumper warranty (and, yes, it does include the powertrain too). It’s longer in years and mileage than any of its competitors, including Honda.

Speaking of its competitors – the Civic.

The new 2018 Jetta actually has a lower MSRP than a comparable Honda Civic. Which means it’ll have a lower sale price too.

As far as engine power is concerned, the Civic loses with regard to power and performance compared to the Jetta. The Honda Civic comes creates 138 ft-lbs or torque versus the Jetta’s impressive 184 ft-lbs of torque. And if you’re not sure what all those numbers mean, the higher the number, the better the vehicle will perform.

Both the Jetta and Civic have awesome entertainment systems but the base model Jetta comes standard with many other features that will keep your inner audiophile grinning from ear to ear. You’d be shelling out hundreds of dollars more to add in a CD player and auxiliary port to the Honda Civic. The Jetta has more space for your backseat passengers and more cargo space, too.

Volks, then wagen. People, then car. That’s the Volkswagen philosophy.

Read more about the Volkswagen Jetta at vw.com.