2012 Volkswagen Tiguan vs. Its Competition

2012 Volkswagen Tiguan 2WD 4-door Auto S Side Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

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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Quick Specs
It's not particularly fun to drive, but the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan feels every bit like a premium crossover vehicle.
After eleven years, a change-up: the 2013 Ford Escape drops the faux-SUV pitch and reels off authentically athletic looks and performance.
A versatile layout, impressive performance, good ride comfort, and reasonable pricing all add up to make the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox a strong value—and a good pick for small families.
The 2012 Honda CR-V is a great family vehicle, with a thoughtfully designed and comfortable interior, and improved refinement, but it lacks the confident, sprightly feel present in past CR-Vs.
The 2012 Toyota RAV4 remains a strong, refined choice for families, even though some of its design might be a blast from the past.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I4Gas/Ethanol I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
2WD Sport Utility VehiclesSport Utility Vehicle - 2WD2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
2WD 4-Door Manual SFWD 4-Door SFWD 4-Door LS2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door I4 (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4 Door
ManualAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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