2010 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. Its Competition

2010 Volkswagen Tiguan
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The compact SUV and crossover segment is one of the most competitive on the market today, but after only one year of sales, the Volkswagen Tiguan has shown that it has what it takes to battle with the top dogs—the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4 are the perennial best-sellers in this field.

The CR-V benefits from a smooth ride, a strong reputation for reliability, and flexible interiors, while the CR-V boasts optional V-6 power and third-row seating.

Overall, the Chevrolet Equinox is much improved for 2010 and boasts a new direct-injected four-cylinder engine that's more fuel-efficient.

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The 2010 Volkswagen Tiguan targets vehicles like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, but outshines them with its sophistication.
The 2010 Chevrolet Equinox is all about evolution—and the most striking changes are almost invisible, except at the gas pump.
The 2010 Honda CR-V is a bit homely, but it fits right in for those placing the priority on frugality, safety, and interior space.
Though it might wear a spare tire on its tail like the hard-core SUVs of yore, don't let that throw you off. The 2010 Toyota RAV4 is actually a practical, fuel-efficient choice for frugal families on the go.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I4 ECOTECGas I4Gas I4
EPA Class   
2WD sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
FWD 4-Door Manual SFWD 4-Door LS2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door 4-cyl 4-Speed AT (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door4 Door5 Door4 Door
ManualAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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