2022 Volkswagen Taos vs. Its Competition

2022 Volkswagen Taos
Robert Duffer Robert Duffer Senior Editor

The 2022 Volkswagen Taos fills in a gap between the larger Tiguan and a forthcoming subcompact crossover that other automakers already offer.

Similarly, the Chevrolet Trailblazer slots between the Equinox compact crossover and Trax subcompact crossover, and is better looking and better equipped than either.

Same with the Mazda CX-30 and the CX-5 compact and diminutive CX-3; it’s the handling leader.

The Hyundai Kona squeezes between the Tucson compact and Venue subcompact, but with more pluck, style, and an available electric model.

The Kia Seltos gives off a European vibe and has good standard features, and the Jeep Compass soldiers on without any of the off-road leanings of the larger Cherokee and smaller Renegade.

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Quick Specs
The spacious 2022 Volkswagen Taos is one of the roomiest in the class and comes with good standard convenience features.
5.6
The 2021 Chevy Trailblazer is a stylish but underpowered subcompact crossover.
6.3
The 2021 Hyundai Kona wears like statement jewelry, and drives like a bargain.
5.0
The 2021 Jeep Compass skimps on safety and seat comfort, but delivers crossover utility in a compact footprint.
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The 2021 Kia Seltos combines the practicality of the hatchback Soul in a larger package with the automaker’s low price and superlative warranty.
6.0
The 2021 Mazda CX-30 is great-looking, spacious, and more polished and fun-to-drive than other compact competitors, but it’s a step behind in value and features.
MSRP From     
$22,995$19,000$20,500$24,495$21,990$22,050
Gas Mileage     
25 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I3Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WDSport Utility VehiclesSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
S FWDFWD 4-Door LSE Automatic FWDSport FWDLX IVT AWD2.5 S FWD
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODContinuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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