2011 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. Its Competition

2011 Volkswagen Tiguan 2WD 4-door Auto S Angular Front Exterior View
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 RAV4 boasts optional V-6 power and third-row seating.

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

2011 Volkswagen Tiguan 2WD 4-door Auto S Angular Front Exterior View2011 Volkswagen Tiguan
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2011 Chevrolet Equinox FWD 4-door LT w/1LT Angular Front Exterior View2011 Chevrolet Equinox
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2011 Honda CR-V2011 Honda CR-V
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2011 Toyota RAV4 FWD 4-door 4-cyl 4-Spd AT (GS) Angular Front Exterior View2011 Toyota RAV4
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Quick Specs
The 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan feels refined and sophisticated, but it's not especially rewarding to drive.
If you don’t need a third row, the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox is just right for small families; it’s refined, secure, and versatile, and gets very impressive fuel economy in four-cylinder form.
The 2011 Honda CR-V is homely, as well as unexciting to drive; yet it's a great minivan alternative on many counts—appealing to practical shoppers with a roomy, versatile interior and top safety ratings.
Don't let appearances mislead; the 2011 Toyota RAV4 is a modern, practical crossover choice and great for frugal families.
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 Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
2WD 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 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4 Door
ManualAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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