2011 Honda
CR-V EX-L
vs. 2011 Volkswagen
Touareg TDI Lux

2011 Honda CR-V EX-L

10.0

starting from

$29,655
"We're certainly smitten with the CR-V's ability to comfortably take on both people and cargo."
edmunds.com | talking about the CR-V's interior quality
"Well-rounded and a great choice for families."
edmunds.com | talking about the CR-V's overall satisfaction

Reasons to buy the Honda CR-V EX-L

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Very inexpensive
$29,655
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Average cargo space
72.9 ft3
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Good braking distance from 60mph
123 ft
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OK performance
19.0 lb/hp
2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Lux

9.6

starting from

$52,620

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Touareg TDI Lux

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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
7.9"
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Fantastic range on the highway
739 miles
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Average power
225 HP @ 4,000 RPM
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L Winner: CR-V EX-L
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  • The CR-V EX-L's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The CR-V EX-L's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Cost 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L Winner: CR-V EX-L
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  • The best price we've seen is $22,965 cheaper (more than 40% less), $29,655 vs $52,620
  • Gets more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 19 mpg
Performance 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L Winner: CR-V EX-L
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  • The CR-V EX-L's power-to-weight ratio is more than 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 19.0 lb/hp vs 22.1 lb/hp
  • Almost the same, 37.8 ft vs 39.0 ft
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Practicality 9.9 vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with navigation systems
  • Both have lots of cupholders
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both come standard with sun roofs
  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Road Tests - vs 10.0
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Overall 10.0 vs 9.6

Entertainment System

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CR-V EX-L
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Number of speakers 7 vs 8 Average number of speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The CR-V EX-L's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Touareg TDI Lux does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers 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 Yes vs No The CR-V EX-L has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Standard If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the Touareg TDI Lux; no amount of money can buy it on the CR-V EX-L

Cost

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CR-V EX-L
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MSRP $29,655 vs $52,620 The CR-V EX-L has a reasonable price, while the Touareg TDI Lux is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 21 mpg vs 19 mpg The CR-V EX-L has great city mileage and the Touareg TDI Lux is pretty reasonable
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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

Performance

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CR-V EX-L
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Horsepower 180 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 225 HP @ 4,000 RPM The Touareg TDI Lux is of average power, but the CR-V EX-L is underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 8 The Touareg TDI Lux has an extraordinary amount of gears, and the CR-V EX-L is OK, too
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the Touareg TDI Lux's semi-automatic transmission and the CR-V EX-L's Automatic transmission are unusual transmissions 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 None vs Turbocharger The Touareg TDI Lux's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 19.0 lb/hp vs 22.1 lb/hp The CR-V EX-L has OK performance while the Touareg TDI Lux gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The Touareg TDI Lux has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 37.8 ft vs 39.0 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Safety Features

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CR-V EX-L
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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 Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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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

Practicality

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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 72.9 ft3 vs 64.0 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.9 ft3 vs 56.7 ft3 The Touareg TDI Lux has average-sized front seats, while the CR-V EX-L is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 850 lb vs 1188 lb Average towing capacity
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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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navigation system Standard vs Standard Both come standard with navigation systems
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Cupholders 8 vs 8 Both have lots of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Luxury Features

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CR-V EX-L
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

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CR-V EX-L
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L
2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Lux Volkswagen
Touareg TDI Lux
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 3 stars vs Unknown

Road Tests

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CR-V EX-L
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0-60 mph 9.2 seconds vs 8.4 seconds The Touareg TDI Lux's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the CR-V EX-L is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 123 ft vs 135 ft The CR-V EX-L has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Touareg TDI Lux is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.9 s @ 82 mph vs 16.5 s @ 86 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.77 g vs 0.81 g The Touareg TDI Lux has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average CR-V EX-L
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Top speed Unknown vs 125 mph

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 EX 2011 Nissan Murano SL CR-V EX vs Murano SL
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 Toyota RAV4 CR-V vs RAV4
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i CR-V EX-L vs X3 xDrive28i
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 Honda Accord Crosstour EX-L CR-V EX-L vs Accord Crosstour EX-L
2011 Volkswagen Touareg VR6 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE Touareg VR6 vs Tiguan SE
2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Lux 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML350 BlueTEC Touareg TDI Lux vs ML350 BlueTEC
2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI 2011 BMW X3 xDrive35i Touareg TDI vs X3 xDrive35i
2011 Volkswagen Touareg VR6 2011 Toyota Highlander SE Touareg VR6 vs Highlander SE
2011 Volkswagen Touareg VR6 2011 Nissan Murano LE Touareg VR6 vs Murano LE

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