Compare Compact SUVs for Life in Columbus: 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2021 Honda CR-V

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2021 Honda CR-V Comparison in Columbus, OH

Compact crossover SUVs are becoming more popular these days and there's a lot of different models to choose from. We think a vehicle like the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan is a great value, thanks to it's amazing fuel efficiency, agile handling, and optional third row of seats to up your passenger capacity from 5 to 7. To help make your decision a little easier, we've put together a comparison below against one of the Tiguan's rivals, the 2021 Honda CR-V, so you can see how the Volkswagen SUV stacks up. After reading, if you have any more questions, feel free to stop by the Byers Volkswagen showroom or contact us to speak to any of our friendly Volkswagen experts.

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2021 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2021 Honda CR-V Design & Utility

Car and Driver liked the 2021 Tiguan and the 2021 CR-V so much, they named both SUVs to their Editors' Choice List, but not only was the Tiguan rated higher (9.5/10) on the Car and Driver website, but they called it "one of our favorites'' in the midsize SUV segment. One look and it's easy to see why. Both SUVs may offer standard 17" wheels, heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals, and an available panoramic sunroof, only the 2021 Tiguan offers available 20" wheels whereas the largest wheels offered by the 2021 CR-V is 19".

Roof rails are standard on the 2021 Tiguan for extra cargo room but if you want that feature on the 2021 CR-V, you have to step up to their highest trim level and pay a lot more. The cabin of the 2021 Tiguan is roomy and delivers a vast 123.9 cubic feet of passenger volume, over 15% more room than offered by the 2021 CR-V.

Volkswagen Tiguan dashboard

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2021 Honda CR-V Comfort & Convenience

The 2021 Tiguan is a highly versatile SUV; the models equipped with front-wheel drive come standard with the three-row configuration along with a reclining second row bench that can also slide fore and aft for easy access to the third row. Both the Tiguan and the 2021 CR-V offer available heated front seats and available dual-zone climate control.The 2021 Tiguan offers available Leatherette seating surfaces for a more luxurious ride.

Staying conveniently connected to the outside world is easy inside the 2021 Tiguan, thanks to the standard MIB infotainment system. A 6.5" touchscreen display is standard or you can upgrade trim levels for an 8" display with navigation and voice control. The CR-V comes standard with a 5" display to control your infotainment system and when you upgrade trim levels, the largest touchscreen you can get is only 7". Both SUVs offer standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capability as well as Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and seamless audio streaming. Wireless charging is available on both the Tiguan and the CR-V so everyone can stay charged up, no matter how far your journey may take you. Only the 2021 Tiguan offers an available  Fender® premium sound system, which is sure to please any audiophile in your family.

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Volkswagen Tiguan performance specs

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2021 Honda CR-V Performance

The 2021 Tiguan is powered by an advanced turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that generates a hefty 184 horsepower and is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard but all-wheel drive is available for better balance and handling on wet, icy, or unpaved roads. The 2021 CR-V's turbocharged 4-cylinder may make 6 more horsepower than the Tiguan but the VW SUV delivers a mighty 221 lb/ft of torque as opposed to the 179 lb/ft of torque from the CR-V. Tiguan models equipped with all-wheel drive come standard with Active Control, a feature that lets you select your driving mode based on road conditions, such as "snow" or "offroad."

Volkswagen Tiguan safety features

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2021 Honda CR-V Safety

Volkswagen and Honda's commitment to safety is obvious thanks to the wide array of passive and active safety features and driver assist technology they provide. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named them both 2021 Top Safety Picks, thanks in part to their standard post-collision braking system, Forward Collision Warning, and Automated Emergency braking. Only the 2021 Tiguan offers the standard Intelligent Crash Response System, a feature that shuts off the fuel pump, turns on the hazard lights, and unlocks the doors in the event of a collision. The CR-V comes with an available Blind Spot Monitor, an important driver assist feature that's standard on the Tiguan. No matter how far you travel, you know you'll get to your destination safely and securely in the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan.

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2021 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2021 Honda CR-V Summary

With only $105 separating the starting MSRPs of the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan and the 2021 Honda CR-V, it's going to come down to which features suit your needs best. WIth generous cargo and passenger volume, not to mention the optional third row, the Tiguan is already on the winning path. Throw in extraordinary fuel economy and it's obvious that the 2021 Tiguan is the better value over the 2021 Honda CR-V. To see the exciting 2021 Tiguan for yourself, contact Byers Volkswagen today to schedule a test drive.

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan2021 Honda CR-V
$25,245Starting MSRP*$25,350
221 lb-ftTorque179 lb-ft
23 City MPG / 29 Highway MPGGas Mileage (2WD)28 City MPG / 34 Highway MPG
1,500 lbsMaximum Towing Capacity1,500 lbs
StandardRoof RailsAvailable Upgrade
123.9 cu. ft. (7-Passenger) | 101.1 cu. ft. (5-Passenger)Passenger Volume105.9 cu. ft.
12 cu. ft. (7-Passenger) / 37.6 cu. ft. (5-Passenger)Cargo Capacity (All Seats in Place)39.2 cu. ft.
73.5 cu. ft. (5-Passenger) / 65.7 cu. ft. (7-Passenger)Maximum Cargo Capacity75.8 cu. ft.
2021 Top Safety PickIIHS Safety Award2021 Top Safety Pick

*Prices exclude destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.

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