2011 Toyota
RAV4 Limited
vs. 2011 Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion

2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited

9.8

starting from

$28,195

Reasons to buy the Toyota RAV4 Limited

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Average power
269 HP @ 6,200 RPM
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Average cargo space
73.0 ft3
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
7.5"
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Has 3 rows of seats
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion

9.5

starting from

$30,990

Reasons to buy the Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion

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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Comparable towing weight
1,330 lb
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OK drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Power seats
Standard
Practicality 10.0 vs 8.2
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Winner: RAV4 Limited
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
  • Room for 2 more people, 7 vs 5
Performance 10.0 vs 8.7
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Winner: RAV4 Limited
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  • The RAV4 Limited's power-to-weight ratio is around 30% better, providing a sportier ride, 13.2 lb/hp vs 18.2 lb/hp
  • More than 30% more powerful, 269 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 200 HP @ 5,100 RPM
  • The RAV4 Limited needs more than 10% less space to turn, 34.8 ft vs 39.4 ft
Luxury Features 9.3 vs 10.0
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Winner: Tiguan SE 4Motion
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  • Almost the same
Entertainment System 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Winner: Tiguan SE 4Motion
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  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Tiguan SE 4Motion's satellite radio; in the RAV4 Limited, too, but it'll cost
  • The Tiguan SE 4Motion has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 8 vs 6
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Shorter basic warranty
  • Shorter-lasting basic warranty
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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  • Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
Overall 9.8 vs 9.5

Practicality

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RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
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Passengers 7 vs 5 The RAV4 Limited has lots of passenger seats and the Tiguan SE 4Motion is OK, too
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Cargo space 73.0 ft3 vs 56.1 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 56.4 ft3 vs 51.0 ft3 The RAV4 Limited has average-sized front seats, while the Tiguan SE 4Motion is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 1,040 lb vs 1,330 lb Average towing capacity
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folding rear seats Standard vs Not Available The RAV4 Limited's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Tiguan SE 4Motion
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The RAV4 Limited offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Tiguan SE 4Motion
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Cupholders 10 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

Performance

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RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
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Horsepower 269 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 200 HP @ 5,100 RPM Average power
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 The Tiguan SE 4Motion has more gears and the RAV4 Limited is OK, too
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the Tiguan SE 4Motion's semi-automatic transmission and the RAV4 Limited'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 Tiguan SE 4Motion's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 13.2 lb/hp vs 18.2 lb/hp The RAV4 Limited is a very sporty car, while the Tiguan SE 4Motion is just average
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The Tiguan SE 4Motion has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.8 ft vs 39.4 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Luxury Features

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RAV4 Limited
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2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Volkswagen
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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 Tiguan SE 4Motion's power seats; not available on the RAV4 Limited
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the RAV4 Limited

Entertainment System

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RAV4 Limited
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2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Volkswagen
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Number of speakers 6 vs 8 Average number of speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the Tiguan SE 4Motion's satellite radio; in the RAV4 Limited, too, but it'll cost
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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

Cost

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RAV4 Limited
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2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
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MSRP $28,195 vs $30,990 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 19 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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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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RAV4 Limited
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2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Volkswagen
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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

Crash Test Ratings

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RAV4 Limited
2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Volkswagen
Tiguan SE 4Motion
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Good protection, only 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Road Tests

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RAV4 Limited
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2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion Volkswagen
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0-60 mph 6.7 seconds vs 7.7 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 135 ft vs 137 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 15.3 s s @ 93.0 mph mph vs 16.7 s s @ 86.0 mph mph The RAV4 Limited's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the Tiguan SE 4Motion's is OK, too
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Lateral acceleration 0.77 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 129 mph vs 128 mph Both vehicles' top speed is just average

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2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited 2011 Toyota 4Runner Limited RAV4 Limited vs 4Runner Limited
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion 2011 Volkswagen Touareg TDI Tiguan SE 4Motion vs Touareg TDI
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion 2011 Nissan Rogue SV Tiguan SE 4Motion vs Rogue SV
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion 2011 Subaru Outback 2.5i Limited Tiguan SE 4Motion vs Outback 2.5i Limited
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion 2011 Volkswagen Golf Tiguan SE 4Motion vs Golf
2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i Tiguan SE 4Motion vs X3 xDrive28i

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