It’s been a rough year for Volkswagen and owners of cars equipped with VW’s 2.0-liter TDI diesel engines. Commonly referred to as “Dieselgate,” the scandal involving modifying emission results on these VW’s diesel engines has affected more than a half million VW vehicles manufactured since 2008. Penalties for failure to comply with the Federal Clean Air Act resulted in a massive $14.3 settlement, with VW agreeing to either buy back affected vehicles, fix them, or offer financial compensation to owners.

If you are someone in the greater Phoenix area who owns an affected VW Jetta, Passat, or Touareg that is part of this massive recall and class settlement, we here at your hometown Valley Honda Dealers near Phoenix, invite you to consider these three outstanding VW alternatives: The 2017 Honda Civic, 2017 Honda Accord, and 2017 Honda Pilot.

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2017 Civic VS 2017 Jetta

Even if you were happy with your Jetta, the Civic gives you plenty of reasons to switch allegiance. First is styling. Put the Civic and the Jetta side-by-side, and you’re bound to be impressed with the Civic’s bold, dramatic, and sporty good looks. The redesigned Civic features an updated appearance that cuts through the clutter. Signature “C-shaped” LED taillights, an “Acura-like” front end with available LED headlights, and a sweeping coupe-like roofline give the new Civic a sleek and sophisticated silhouette.

Civic’s Sporty New Attitude

On the inside, the Civic’s spacious and premium interior is more than a match compared to the Jetta. You’ll appreciate the Civic’s high level of craftsmanship and available luxury appointments, including rich leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, soft-touch materials, and intuitive ergonomics. You’ll also discover that the Civic has more passenger volume, front legroom, and shoulder room than the Jetta.

And you’ll love the way the new 2017 Honda Civic for sale near Phoenix at your Valley Honda Dealers drives. The Civic’s new 1.5-liter intercooled turbocharged EarthDreams® 4-cylinder engine compares favorably to the Jetta’s. The Civic’s engine generates an enthusiastic 174 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque. Best of all, it runs on less expensive regular unleaded gas, rather than premium unleaded.

You’ll also get better gas mileage in the Civic. In fact, the Civic’s turbo gets up to an EPA-estimated* 42 mpg on the highway and 31 mpg in the city. This compares to the Jetta turbo’s EPA-estimated 33 mpg on the highway and 27 mpg in the city.

Plus, the Civic’s retuned sports suspension, and chassis offer the kind of precise and agile handling you’d expect to find on the Autobahn. In other words, if you enjoyed driving your Jetta, you’ll absolutely love driving the new 2017 Honda Civic. We might also add that the 2016 Honda Civic was named the “North American Car of the Year” at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) and is a 2016 AutoGuide.com “Car of the Year.”

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2017 Accord VS 2017 Passat

Celebrating its 40th anniversary as one of the world’s best-selling 4-door midsize sedans, the award-winning 2017 Honda Accord for sale near Phoenix at your Valley Honda Dealers offers a level of luxury, refinement, performance, and sophistication that current VW Passat owners will surely appreciate.

Accord’s Upscale New Looks

The Accord and Passat are similar in some respects, such as overall dimensions and a family-centric attitude. The Accord’s sleek modern styling looks stunning in your driveway, as well as on the highway. The Accord recently underwent a complete redesign, resulting in a look that is sportier and more refined.

The Accord’s stylish front end features a string of available jewel-like LED headlights that frame a bold chrome grille. An athletic lower fascia features available LED fog lights, and the Accord’s clean body lines help improve aerodynamic efficiency. An integrated rear decklid spoiler, available chrome-tipped exhausts, and dramatic LED taillights are just some of the many design touches that make the Accord a 4-door family sedan you’ll be proud to own.

Accord Interior Oozes Luxury & Convenience

Passat owners will also appreciate the Accord’s quiet and luxuriously appointed interior. The Accord, much like the Passat, offers generous headroom and legroom. Indeed, the Accord’s interior volume is spacious and accommodating. The Accord’s craftsmanship also rivals that of some of the finest German-engineered luxury cars. In fact, when you compare the Accord EX-L V6 Automatic with the Passat 1.8T SEL Premium Automatic, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the Accord’s superior quality, premium materials, and workmanship.

Moreover, the Accord’s collection of advanced technology and convenience features, such as the available 10-way power seats with memory, dual-zone climate control, available HomeLink® remote, and Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone integration will be quite familiar to current Passat owners. Additionally, the Accord features a 7-inch Display Audio Touchscreen, hands-free, voice-activated telephony, available turn-by-turn navigation, and an available 360-watt premium audio system.

A Powerful Passat Alternative

The 2017 Accord will also lift the spirits of Passat owners who switch to Honda with its powerful available 3.5-liter Earth Dreams® iVTEC V6 engine that pumps out 278 horsepower and 252 lb.-ft. of torque compared to the 2017 Passat SEL’s V6 engine that delivers 280 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Not much difference there. However, not only does the Accord get better gas mileage than the Passat, but it also uses regular unleaded gas compared to premium unleaded. Yet another savings benefit.

Additionally, the 2017 Honda Accord can be equipped with Honda Sensing™, Honda’s world-class suite of advanced active safety technologies that are similar to the Passat’s package of driver assist safety features.

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2017 Honda Pilot VS 2017 VW Touareg

If you’re an owner of a VW Touareg SUV equipped with a TDI diesel engine involved in the VW recall, we’re happy to tell you that there’s an SUV that gives you everything you desire in a luxurious, spacious, and versatile SUV that’s a worthy replacement for your ride.

An All-New Pilot

The 2017 Honda Pilot for sale near Phoenix at your Valley Honda Dealers is completely restyled with an all-new look that’s gotten rave reviews. If you’ve enjoyed driving your Touareg TDI, you’ll feel right at home in Honda’s premium, 8-passenger SUV.

The Pilot’s sleek new shape is not only more aerodynamic, but it also looks fresh and contemporary. Much like the Touareg, the Pilot offers an elegant, clean, and uncluttered appearance that’s just as at home at the country club as it is at the shopping mall.

Pilot’s Flawless, Spacious, & Versatile Interior

Touareg owners will also appreciate the roomy, versatile luxury that awaits them in the new 2017 Honda Pilot. The Pilot offers 153.1 cubic feet of total passenger volume. The Pilot also has 82.1 cubic feet of storage with both the 2nd and 3rd-row seats folded compared to 64 cubic feet for the Touareg. You’ll also find that the Pilot gives you 46 cubic feet of cargo volume up to the 2nd seats compared to the Touareg’s 32.1 cubic feet. Also, the Pilot can comfortably seat up to 8 passengers, compared to just 5 passengers for VW’s premium SUV.

If you’re used to living in the lap of luxury in your recalled Touareg TDI, you won’t be disappointed in the Pilot’s indulgent, premium luxury. You’ll feel pampered by the Pilot’s available leather seats and a host of available upscale amenities. For example, the Pilot’s Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control ensures everyone’s comfort, while a panoramic sunroof, power driver’s seat with memory, automatically folding One-Touch 2nd-Row seats, 2nd-row Captain’s Chairs, and so much more.

Pilot Tech On A Par With The Best

When you switch from your Touareg TDI to the new 2017 Honda Pilot, your entertainment, communication, and information technology won’t miss a beat. That’s because the Pilot is equipped with some of the most cutting-edge tech around. The Pilot’s 8-inch color touchscreen display is the same size as the Touareg’s and offers many of the same functions and features you’re accustomed to. These include Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone integration, voice-activated turn-by-turn navigation, Bluetooth® Streaming Audio, voice-activated hands-free telephony, SiriusXM® Radio, and more.

Additionally, the Pilot keeps rear passengers entertained with an available 9-inch Rear DVD Entertainment System with remote that plays both DVDs and Blu Ray discs. That’s an extra perk you won’t find on the Touareg.

Pilot’s Better Fuel Economy & Exceptional Power

Just like the Touareg, the new 2017 Honda Pilot has the power to spare. In fact, the Pilot’s innovative Earth Dreams® i-VVT 3.5-liter V6 Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine gives you 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. Those numbers are virtually identical to the Touareg’s 3.6-liter GDI V6. The Pilot can also be equipped with a new, fuel-efficient 9-speed automatic transmission that matches up to the Touareg’s 8-speed transmission. As with other Honda models, you can use regular unleaded gas compared to premium unleaded for the Touareg; yet another cost savings

Even though the Pilot is a bit larger than the Touareg, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by its superior fuel economy. In fact, the Pilot beats out the Touareg with up to an EPA-estimated* 26 mpg highway/19 mpg city. This compares to the Touareg’s EPA-estimated* 23 mpg highway/17 mpg city fuel economy ratings.

What about handling? After all, the Touareg’s Teutonic roots make it enjoyable to drive. Current Touareg owners will be happy to know that the 2017 Honda Pilot also offers taut and precise handling because its suspension and chassis are based on the outstanding Acura MDX SUV’s underpinnings.

Pilot’s Advanced Safety Technologies Compare To Touareg’s

Finally, the last word about safety. Both the Pilot and the Touareg offer exceptional and advanced safety features that are on a par with each other. The Pilot’s Honda Sensing™ suite of available active safety technologies are right in step with the Touareg’s. They include:

  • Collision-Mitigation Braking System
  • Honda LaneWatch™
  • Blind-Spot Information System With Cross-Traffic Monitor
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane-Keeping Assist
  • Road-Departure Mitigation
  • Intelligent Traction Management

These are just some of the reasons why the new Honda Pilot earns a “Top Safety Pick+” rating from the IIHS.

You’ll Be Glad You Switched To Honda

So if you’re a current owner of a TDI-equipped VW Jetta, VW Passat, or VW Touareg that is part of this massive recall, we invite you to visit one of our conveniently located Valley Honda Dealers near Phoenix and take a new 2017 Honda Civic, 2017 Honda Accord, or new 2017 Honda Pilot SUV for a test drive. We’re confident that these three exceptional new Hondas for sale near Phoenix are the perfect alternatives to your affected VW TDI vehicles. We look forward to helping you make the right choice by switching to Honda.

 

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https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/guide-to-the-volkswagen-dieselgate-emissions-recall-

https://www.vwcourtsettlement.com/en/

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*Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.