2011 Honda
CR-V
vs. 2011 Volkswagen
Touareg VR6

2011 Volkswagen Touareg VR6

9.8

starting from

$45,270

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Touareg VR6

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Quite powerful
280 HP @ 6,200 RPM
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
7.9"
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Comparable towing weight
1462 lb
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Fantastic range on the highway
607 miles
2011 Honda CR-V

9.2

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."
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

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Good city fuel efficiency
21 mpg
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Good highway fuel efficiency
28 mpg
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Average cargo space
72.9 ft3
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Very inexpensive
$23,405
Luxury Features 7.8 vs 10.0
2011 Volkswagen Touareg VR6 Winner: Touareg VR6
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Touareg VR6's power seats; not available on the CR-V
Cost 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Honda CR-V Winner: CR-V
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  • The best price we've seen is $21,865 cheaper (around 50% less), $23,405 vs $45,270
  • Gets more than 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 21 mpg vs 16 mpg
Entertainment System 9.0 vs 10.0
2011 Volkswagen Touareg VR6 Winner: Touareg VR6
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  • If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the Touareg VR6; no amount of money can buy it on the CR-V
  • The Touareg VR6 has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 8 vs 6
Performance 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Volkswagen Touareg VR6 Winner: Touareg VR6
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  • The Touareg VR6 has 3 more gears, which can improve performance, 8 vs 5
  • The Touareg VR6's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
  • Around 60% more powerful, 280 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 180 HP @ 6,800 RPM
Practicality 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Volkswagen Touareg VR6 Winner: Touareg VR6
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  • You won't find this in the CR-V , but the Touareg VR6's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
  • The Touareg VR6 can carry more than 70% more weight, 1462 lb vs 850 lb
  • Almost the same, 56.7 ft3 vs 55.6 ft3
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Road Tests - vs -
Missing information
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.2 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

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CR-V
2011 Honda CR-V
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Touareg VR6
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the Touareg VR6's power seats; not available on the CR-V
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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

Cost

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CR-V
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MSRP $23,405 vs $45,270 The CR-V has a great price, but the Touareg VR6 is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 21 mpg vs 16 mpg The CR-V has great city mileage, but the Touareg VR6 is very inefficient
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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

Entertainment System

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Number of speakers 6 vs 8 Average number of speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The CR-V 's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Touareg VR6 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 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 Standard If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the Touareg VR6; no amount of money can buy it on the CR-V

Performance

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CR-V
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Horsepower 180 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 280 HP @ 6,200 RPM The Touareg VR6 is fairly powerful, but the CR-V is underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 8 The Touareg VR6 has an extraordinary amount of gears, and the CR-V is OK, too
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the Touareg VR6's semi-automatic transmission and the CR-V '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 None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 18.8 lb/hp vs 16.8 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The Touareg VR6 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

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 55.6 ft3 vs 56.7 ft3 Both average size front seats
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Base payload capacity 850 lb vs 1462 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 Not Available vs Standard You won't find this in the CR-V , but the Touareg VR6's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again
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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

Safety Features

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CR-V
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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

Road Tests

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0-60 mph 9.2 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 123 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 16.9 s @ 82 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.77 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs 125 mph

Crash Test Ratings

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CR-V
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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

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 Toyota RAV4 CR-V vs RAV4
2011 Honda CR-V EX 2011 Nissan Murano SL CR-V EX vs Murano SL
2011 Honda CR-V 2011 Ford Edge Limited CR-V vs Edge Limited
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L 2011 Toyota Highlander SE CR-V EX-L vs Highlander SE
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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