Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal is still lingering—the company has agreed to buy back nearly 500,000 VW TDI models—and thousands of drivers across the U.S. are stuck having to return their diesel-powered vehicles for a reimbursement. While some disgruntled VW owners have gotten back at the manufacturer by handing over those TDIs in nothing but their birthday suits, we have another option for you: Take your VW buyback refund and apply it to an impressive fuel-efficient Honda car or SUV. Take a look at our list of the best Honda models to replace your Volkswagen TDI below.

Replace a Passat TDI with the 2017 Honda Accord

The 2015 Volkswagen Passat boasted some notable EPA estimates when it was released, but now it appears they were noteworthy for a reason. Before you take your Passat in for a buyback, you should start considering what will replace it. The newest 2017 Honda Accord is an impeccably crafted four-door sedan that should be at the top of your list. Here’s what you get when you swap your Passat TDI with an Accord.

The 2017 Accord EX-L has a 185-horsepower 2.4L DOHC engine—the Passat TDI SE was fitted with a weaker 150hp 4-cylinder—and grants owners with a combined 31 mpg. The Accord also has some striking features that are unavailable on the Passat, including:

  • Two front LCD screens
  • Available voice recognition software
  • Leather bucket seats and trim
  • Memory driver’s seats
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • LED brake lights
  • Parking Assist and Lane-Departure Warning systems
  • Programmable garage door opener
  • Standard USB ports
  • Dual zone climate control
  • Remote starting system

For these features and even better fuel economy, try the Honda Accord Hybrid, which boasts an incredible EPA-estimated 47 city/49 highway mpg—far more than even the Passat TDI’s original numbers.

Replace Your VW Jetta with a Honda Civic Sedan


2017 Honda Civic Sedan.

The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta TDI was a part of the recent buyback program, and its owners are now scrambling to find a substitute sedan that is both stylish and efficient with fuel. The ideal replacement? The new 2017 Honda Civic and its 174-horsepower 4-cylinder engine. Not only is it packed front to back with charm and power, but it also vaults to the top of the fuel-economy category with an astounding 32 city/42 highway mpg. The Jetta TDI’s original EPA estimates just squeaked by (35 city/42 highway mpg) those of the Civic.

Here’s a list of features the 2017 Honda Civic Touring has that aren’t shared or bested by the Jetta TDI.

  • Standard navigation with voice activation
  • Voice recognition software
  • Premium 10-speaker sound system with amplifier
  • Primary LCD touchscreen
  • 8-way power driver’s seat
  • Leather trim and seating
  • Dual zone front automatic AC and heat
  • LED low and high headlights
  • Headlamp wipers
  • Standard Lane-Departure Warning
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • 95 cu. ft. of passenger space (the Jetta only has 94 cu. ft.)

Replace a VW Touareg with a New Honda Pilot


2017 Honda Pilot.

The 2016 VW Touareg TDI was pushed out just before the Volkswagen scandal broke, and as such is the last new VW TDI to get recalled—which is great for owners, as its buyback price should be higher. With that refund, you could skip testing any of the newer VW SUVs and join the Pilot party. When replacing your Touareg with Honda’s new 2017 Pilot, comparable fuel-economy ratings aren’t all you get.

The 2017 Honda Pilot Elite with AWD is fitted with a 3.5L V6 that produces 280 horsepower and nets 19 city/26 highway mpg. Compared to the Touareg TDI Sport’s 240hp V6 diesel engine that gets just a pre-scandal rating of 25 combined mpg, the Pilot is a legitimate alternative. Other features found in the Pilot include:

  • Seating for seven (the Touareg only seats five)
  • Two LCD screens
  • Ten-speaker sound system with amplifier
  • Cooled front leather seats
  • Memory driver’s seat
  • Rear Captain’s seats
  • Standard Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Parking Assist and Lane-Departure Warning
  • 20-inch premium wheels
  • 153 cubic feet of passenger volume (compared to the Touareg’s 104 cubic feet)
  • 28 cubic feet of cargo volume (compared to the Touareg’s 64 cubic feet)
  • Standard remote starter

Swap Your VW Golf with a 2017 Civic Hatchback


The all-new 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback.

Before the 2016 emissions scandal hit the news, many VW Golf owners were pleased with their compact hatchbacks. After? Feeling swindled, likely. But fear not, because the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback is the perfect replacement. Its 174hp I-4 engine bests the Golf’s 150hp TDI powertrain, and a combined 35 mpg is just shy of matching the 37 mpg originally estimated for the 2015 VW Golf. The EX-L Civic Hatchback also gives owners the following features not found in the Golf:

  • Intuitive LCD touchscreen
  • USB Ports
  • Navigation with voice commands
  • Leather seats and trimming
  • 8-way power driver’s seat
  • Smart Entry (keyless entry)
  • Dual zone AC
  • Headlamp wiper
  • 95 cubic feet of passenger room (the Golf only has 93 cu. ft.)
  • Overall 5-star rating by the NHTSA

View the Honda Models at Our Car Dealerships Near Pembroke Pines, FL

Before you return your TDI vehicle to the VW dealership, take a look at the newest Hondas for sale right here at South Florida Honda Dealers near Port St. Lucie, Pembroke Pines, and Miami, FL. We’ll gladly show you around our showroom and introduce you to our 2016 and 2017 Honda models. Find your nearest South Florida Honda Dealers location online, and start test driving today!