2011 Honda
CR-V
vs. 2011 Volkswagen
Jetta TDI

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

10.0

starting from

$24,865

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Jetta TDI

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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
42 mpg
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Fantastic range on the highway
609 miles
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Fantastic city fuel efficiency
30 mpg
2011 Honda CR-V

9.5

Runner-up

Honda CR-V

starting from

$23,405
"We're certainly smitten with the CR-V's ability to comfortably take on both people and cargo."
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"Well-rounded and a great choice for families."
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Reasons to buy the Honda CR-V

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Average-sized front seats
55.6 ft3
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OK performance
18.8 lb/hp
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Average cargo space
72.9 ft3
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Best suspension
Independent
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
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  • Almost the same
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.5
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  • The Jetta TDI has 2.0x less risk of serious injury, 4 stars vs 3 stars
Performance 9.7 vs 10.0
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  • The CR-V 's power-to-weight ratio is around 20% better, providing a sportier ride, 18.8 lb/hp vs 22.9 lb/hp
  • Around 30% more powerful, 180 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 140 HP @ 4,000 RPM
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.8
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  • Almost the same
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.8
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  • A single tank lasts more than 40% longer, 609 miles vs 428 miles
  • Almost the same
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
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  • Gets more than 40% more miles per gallon in the city, 30 mpg vs 21 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Child door locks come standard
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • The Jetta TDI has extraordinary brakes, and the CR-V is pretty good, too
Overall 10.0 vs 9.5

Luxury Features

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Jetta TDI
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2011 Honda CR-V Honda
CR-V
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Jetta TDI's standard sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Crash Test Ratings

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Jetta TDI
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2011 Honda CR-V Honda
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars OK protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 4 stars vs 3 stars Poor protection, 11% to 20% chance of serious chest injuries in a crash

Performance

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Jetta TDI
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Horsepower 140 HP @ 4,000 RPM vs 180 HP @ 6,800 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 5 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The Jetta TDI's semi-automatic transmission is rare for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor Turbocharger vs None The Jetta TDI's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 22.9 lb/hp vs 18.8 lb/hp The CR-V has OK performance while the Jetta TDI gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.4 ft vs 37.8 ft The Jetta TDI can make tight turns, and the CR-V is comparable to most other vehicles

Entertainment System

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Jetta TDI
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Number of speakers 6 vs 6 Average number of speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The CR-V 's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Jetta TDI does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Jetta TDI's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Practicality

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Jetta TDI
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 609 miles vs 428 miles The Jetta TDI gets fantastic distance, but the CR-V is very limited
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Cargo space 15.5 ft3 vs 72.9 ft3 The CR-V has OK cargo room, while the Jetta TDI has very little
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front seats 48.7 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3 The CR-V has average-sized front seats, while the Jetta TDI is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Jetta TDI offers an optional navigation system; not available on the CR-V
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Cupholders 4 vs 8 The CR-V has a good number of cupholders, but the Jetta TDI is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

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Jetta TDI
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MSRP $24,865 vs $23,405 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 30 mpg vs 21 mpg The Jetta TDI gets great city mileage, and the CR-V gets OK mileage
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

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Jetta TDI
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Unknown vs Disc
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Road Tests

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Jetta TDI
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2011 Honda CR-V Honda
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0-60 mph 8.3 seconds vs 9.2 seconds The Jetta TDI's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the CR-V is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 113 ft vs 123 ft The Jetta TDI has extraordinary brakes, and the CR-V is pretty good, too
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1/4 mile 16.2 s s @ 86.7 mph mph vs 16.9 s s @ 82.9 mph mph The Jetta TDI's 1/4 mile time is average, but the CR-V 's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.82 g vs 0.77 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed 130 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 Honda Accord EX-L CR-V EX-L vs Accord EX-L
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 Nissan Murano LE CR-V vs Murano LE
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i CR-V vs X3 xDrive28i
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 Toyota Highlander SE CR-V EX-L vs Highlander SE
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour EX CR-V vs Accord Crosstour EX
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2012 Audi A3 Premium Jetta TDI vs A3 Premium
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2011 Volkswagen Golf Jetta TDI vs Golf
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2012 Ford Fusion SE Jetta TDI vs Fusion SE
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2011 Toyota Camry SE Jetta TDI vs Camry SE
2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI 2011 BMW 335d Jetta TDI vs 335d

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