Compare 2013 Ford Escape vs 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan

2013 Ford Escape
2012 Volkswagen Tiguan
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4WD 4-Door SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Escape 4WD 4-Door SE 22 30 $25,010 $26,820
Escape 4WD 4-Door SEL 22 30 $27,901 $29,920
Escape 4WD 4-Door Titanium 21 28 $29,953 $32,120
Escape FWD 4-Door S 22 31 $21,178 $22,470
Escape FWD 4-Door SE 23 33 $23,378 $25,070
Escape FWD 4-Door SEL 23 33 $26,269 $28,170
Escape FWD 4-Door Titanium 22 30 $28,321 $30,370
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2WD 4-Door Automatic LE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Tiguan 2WD 4-Door Automatic LE 22 27 $24,168 $25,175
Tiguan 2WD 4-Door Automatic S 22 27 $23,366 $24,340
Tiguan 2WD 4-Door Automatic S w/Sunroof 22 27 $24,902 $25,940
Tiguan 2WD 4-Door Automatic SE 22 27 $27,490 $28,635
Tiguan 2WD 4-Door Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav 22 27 $29,304 $30,525
Tiguan 2WD 4-Door Automatic SEL 22 27 $32,617 $33,975
Tiguan 2WD 4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium Nav 22 27 $33,307 $34,695
Tiguan 2WD 4-Door Manual S 18 26 $21,926 $22,840
Tiguan 4WD 4-Door Automatic S 21 27 $25,243 $26,295
Tiguan 4WD 4-Door Automatic S w/Sunroof 21 27 $26,779 $27,895
Tiguan 4WD 4-Door Automatic SE 21 27 $29,367 $30,590
Tiguan 4WD 4-Door Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav 21 27 $31,182 $32,480
Tiguan 4WD 4-Door Automatic SEL 21 27 $34,492 $35,930
Tiguan 4WD 4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium Nav & Dyn. 21 27 $36,269 $37,780
Tiguan 4WD 4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium Nav & Dynaudio 21 27 $36,558 $38,080
Pricing
Invoice Price
$25,010
$24,168
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,820
$25,175
Monthly Payment Estimate
$447 / month
$420 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
After eleven years, a change-up: the 2013 Ford Escape drops the faux-SUV pitch and reels off authentically athletic looks and performance. It's not particularly fun to drive, but the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan feels every bit like a premium crossover vehicle.
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Fuel Economy
City
22 mpg 22 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle - 4WD 2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.300 54.8
Front Leg Room (in)
40.400 40.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
98.100 95.3
Front Hip Room (in)
54.800 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
36.800 35.8
Front Head Room (in)
39.900 39.1
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
52.400 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.000 56.2
Second Head Room (in)
39.000 39.0
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
66.300 66.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.600 61.9
Wheelbase (in)
105.900 102.5
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.400 71.2
Track Width, Front (in)
61.500 61.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.900 6.9
Length, Overall (in)
178.100 174.3
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
34.300 23.8
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
68.100 56.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.3 x 0.5
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 12.3 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.100 16.8
Steering
Steering Type
Electric Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.500 14.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.000 39.4
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact 145/80R18
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P235/55R17 P215/65R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/55R17 P215/65R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 220
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
300 330
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3698 3433
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 18 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.900 11.1
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas I4 Turbocharged Gas I4
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
184 @ 2500 207 @ 1700-5000
Engine Order Code
99X NA
Displacement
1.6L/97 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
178 @ 5700 200 @ 5100-6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
25 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
22 22
Transmission
Trans Order Code
446 NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.510 3.69
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.446 1.16
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.746 0.69
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.584 3.95
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.912 1.56
Trans Type
6 6
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.000 NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.000 0.86
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.943 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.964 2.30
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Escape Volkswagen Tiguan
Body Style
Sport Utility Vehicle 4 Door
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
N/A - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
N/A - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Semi-Trailing Arm Four-link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.6 7.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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