|2018 Toyota RAV4||vs||2018 Volkswagen Tiguan|
|2.5L 4-Cylinder||Engine||2.0L 4-Cylinder|
|176 HP @ 6000 rpm||Horsepower||184 HP @ 4400 rpm|
|23 City/30 Highway mpg*||Fuel Economy||22 City/27 Highway mpg*|
"It’s time to get off the beaten path and discover more good times with the new RAV4 Adventure grade. Hearty 18-in. 5-spoke Black alloy wheels, larger overfender flares and durable rocker panel guards all come standard, ready to help you take on any trip."
If you are on the trail of a better SUV, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 is ready for you. Here’s a look at how it compares with the recently redesigned Volkswagen Tiguan. We think you’ll find that Toyota choices, safety, and style are all in your favor.
The 2018 RAV4 has a sporty appearance that fits with its free-wheeling attitude. Tiguans are more conservative in appearance. The Volkswagen SUV comes in four basic trim levels with front-wheel drive and four similar trims with all-wheel drive. RAV4 editions come in six distinct trims including the LE, XLE, Adventure, sporty SE, upscale Limited, and luxury Platinum. There are also four trim levels of the hybrid, giving the Greenvale NY shopper a total of 10 choices. New for 2018, the Adventure model has black wheels, black bezel-accented headlights and foglights, and black roof rails.
Despite the fact that the Volkswagen is heavier and carries more people, it doesn’t have much more horsepower than the Toyota in Greenvale, New York. Tiguan engines generate 184 horsepower while the RAV4 is close behind with 176 horsepower. When it comes to fuel economy, Tiguans earn 22 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. The RAV4 earns 23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. It’s easy to see which one will save you money. Adding to maneuverability, the shorter RAV4 has a much tighter turn circle than the Tiguan. Also, only the RAV4 has a limited slip differential to help ensure good traction in difficult weather conditions. Both SUVs offer all-wheel drive. Toyota has exclusive Dynamic Torque Control AWD with a locking center differential. It is ready for New York’s worst wintry days.
Tiguans squeeze seven people into 123 cu.ft. of passenger space. The RAV4 seats five people in 102 cu.ft. As a result, there is more front and rear legroom. Both vehicles are offering a standard touchscreen with Bluetooth streaming audio. If you ever plan to take a trip, you may want to put the RAV4 first on your list. It has 38.4 cubic feet in its cargo hold. The Tiguan has only 12 cubes. That’s less than you’ll find in the trunks of many compact cars. It’s certainly not enough room for a big family’s luggage.
Like most Toyotas, this one has a five-star safety record with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It also has eight airbags whereas Tiguans have only six. The Volkswagen SUVs earned four stars when the 2017 models were tested. These earned only three stars in the frontal crash category. 2018 models aren’t yet rated. Both 2018 SUVs earned Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Every RAV4 buyer drives away with the most important facets of crash avoidance technology. This includes a lane keeper that will both warn you and assist you with remaining within the lane lines. A frontal collision system warns you about stopping traffic or pedestrians. It can also stop the Toyota if the driver doesn’t respond fast enough. Toyota’s adaptive cruise control regulates the SUV’s speed to maintain safety in busy traffic. Other Toyota options include the blind spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert. Depending on how far you are willing to climb the trim ladder, these systems are offered on the Volkswagen.
The Toyota difference.
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