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Honda CR-V vs. Volkswagen Tiguan

In comparing the Honda CR-V to the Volkswagen Tiguan, the Honda CR-V has the advantage in the areas of fuel efficiency, interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. The Volkswagen Tiguan has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing and typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars. Based on this comparison of the Honda CR-V versus the Volkswagen Tiguan, the Honda CR-V is a better car than the Volkswagen Tiguan.

Honda CR-V versus Volkswagen Tiguan Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Honda CR-V ranges from $26,333 to $36,700 while a used Volkswagen Tiguan from the same model year range is priced between $22,398 to $35,713. For a new model, the Honda CR-V's price is between $28,170 and $36,765, with the Volkswagen Tiguan priced between $26,919 and $39,048.

Honda CR-V versus Volkswagen Tiguan Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Honda CR-V is 8.6 out of 10 while the Volkswagen Tiguan's quality rating is 7.5 out of 10. This results in the Honda CR-V being ranked 5 out of 61 Best Crossover SUVs and the Volkswagen Tiguan being ranked 35 out of 61. Out of 24 Best Small SUVs, the Honda CR-V is ranked 24 and the Volkswagen Tiguan is ranked 16.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Honda CR-V’s base engine makes 190 horsepower, and the Volkswagen Tiguan base engine makes 184 horsepower. The CR-V is rated to deliver an average of 30 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 476 miles. The Tiguan is rated to deliver an average of 27 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 474 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are crossover/compact SUVs, the Honda CR-V has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front shoulder room, front leg room, rear leg room, and trunk space. The Volkswagen Tiguan has the advantage in the areas of front head room and rear head room. The Honda CR-V and Volkswagen Tiguan are comparable in regards to rear shoulder room.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Honda CR-V has the advantage of offering higher ground clearance, while the Volkswagen Tiguan has the advantage of offering higher payload capacity.

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2023 Honda CR-V

2023 Volkswagen Tiguan

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$28,170 - $36,765

Used Asking Price:

$26,333 - $36,700

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

36.5%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$26,919 - $39,048

Used Asking Price:

$22,398 - $35,713

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

44.1%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.6 / 10

Reliability:

8.5 / 10

Retained Value:

8.3 / 10

Safety:

9.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

7.5 / 10

Reliability:

7.0 / 10

Retained Value:

7.5 / 10

Safety:

8.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

2 / 24
3 / 61
4 / 24
5 / 61
5 / 24
10 / 61
32 / 61

iSeeCars Rankings

4 / 31
16 / 24
16 / 24
17 / 24
21 / 31
22 / 31
26 / 31
30 / 61
33 / 61
35 / 61
50 / 61

Summary Review

The Honda CR-V is a compact crossover with mass appeal. It has been one of the best-selling SUVs since its introduction as a 1997 model. The current CR-V benefitted from a redesign for the 2017 model year, with new models costing an average of $31,288 and 3-year-old models averaging $25,089.

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Summary Review

The Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact sport utility vehicle with a reputation for engaging driving dynamics and upscale interior materials. The Tiguan has become VW’s best-selling vehicle in the U.S. and is currently in its second generation, with new models averaging $30,442 and 3-year-old models averaging $22,319.

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Pros and Cons

  • Hybrid version available
  • Assertive exterior design
  • Highly functional and comfortable interior

  • Priced higher than some competitors
  • Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is not to every driver’s taste
  • Blind-spot monitoring unavailable in base models

Pros and Cons

  • New generation is roomier and more fuel efficient
  • Optional three-row seating is occasionally useful
  • Driving dynamics are engaging

  • Acceleration not as strong as some competitors
  • Fuel efficiency could be better
  • First-generation’s cargo space was limited

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

EX-L, EX

Trim Levels

2.0T S 4Motion, 2.0T SE, 2.0T SE 4Motion, 2.0T SE R-Line Black, 2.0T S, 2.0T SE R-Line Black 4Motion, 2.0T SEL R-Line 4Motion

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

Not yet available

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

190 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

179 foot-lbs @ 1700 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.054 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

184 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

221 foot-lbs @ 1900 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.049 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

1.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

28 / 34 / 30

Range (city/hwy):

392 / 476 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

24 / 31 / 27

Range (city/hwy):

367 / 474 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

N/A

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Standard

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Available

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

38.2 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.3 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

57.9 inches

Rear Head Room:

38.2 inches

Rear Leg Room:

41 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

55.9 inches

Cargo Space:

39.3 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

76.5 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

142.8 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.6 inches

Front Leg Room:

40.2 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

57 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.1 inches

Rear Leg Room:

36.6 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

55.9 inches

Cargo Space:

12 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

65.3 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

136.0 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3497 lbs

Width:

73.5 inches

Height:

66.2 inches

Length:

184.8 inches

Wheelbase:

106.3 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.8 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3765 lbs

Width:

72.4 inches

Height:

66.4 inches

Length:

186.1 inches

Wheelbase:

109.9 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.4 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

235/60R18

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

painted alloy

Tire Size:

P215/65R17