Volkswagen's Tiguan isn't the best bargain or the most efficient crossover in its class, but it's one of the most upscale utes, in brand appeal and in cabin fit and finish.
The Honda CR-V has a more pragmatic feel: its 2012 renovation brings a very clever second-row seat mechanism and better styling, but not much more power and only slight improvements in fuel economy.
The RAV4 is still a strong seller, but it's ready for a major makeover, and seems dated inside, with styling, materials, and packaging.
The Chevy Equinox has great gas mileage and a flexible second-row seat to its credit; the new Ford Escape promises excellent fuel economy and the latest in connectivity when it goes on sale in the summer of 2012.
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|2012 Volkswagen TiguanBrowse Used Listings||2013 Ford EscapeBrowse Used Listings||2012 Chevrolet EquinoxBrowse Used Listings||2012 Honda CR-VBrowse Used Listings||2012 Toyota RAV4Browse Used Listings|
|18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy|
|Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas/Ethanol I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|2WD Sport Utility Vehicles||Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility||Sport Utility Vehicle|
|2WD 4-Door Manual S||FWD 4-Door S||FWD 4-Door LS||2WD 5-Door LX||FWD 4-Door I4 (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door||Sport Utility Vehicle||4 Door|
|Manual||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/OD|