Midsize SUV Comparison in Columbus: 2023 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2023 Toyota RAV4

2023 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2023 Toyota RAV4 Comparison in Columbus, OH

When it's time to upgrade your daily driver, it can be a challenge to sift through all the information out there. If you have a larger family or a lot of cargo to carry, an SUV might be just the vehicle you're looking for. With a higher driving position for improved visibility, spacious interiors and ample cargo capacity, the benefits of choosing an SUV are seemingly endless. A midsize SUV, like the 2023 Volkswagen Tiguan, can be the ideal choice. Offering impressive fuel economy and an affordable price tag, the Tiguan boasts potent power and luxurious amenities, one of the reasons it was named to the Car and Driver Editors' Choice List. Here at Byers Volkswagen, we wholeheartedly believe that the 2023 Tiguan is a great choice for your family, but we also want you to see why we think that. Below you'll find a head-to-head comparison between the Tiguan and one of its rivals, the 2023 Toyota RAV4. You'll see how these two premium midsize SUVs stack up against one another in every category from exterior and interior features, technology, safety, and performance. And when you're ready to give the 2023 Tiguan a spin, contact us by phone or online to get your test drive scheduled.

Sleek curves and a soft silhouette makes the 2023 Tuguan an eye-catcher.

2023 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2023 Toyota RAV4: Design & Exterior Features

All-season tires and 17-inch alloy wheels are standard fare on both the 2023 Tiguan and the 2023 RAV4 and while both vehicles offer you available 18-inch wheels, only the Tiguan boasts available 20-inch wheels for a more aggressive stance. LED head- and taillights are standard on both but only the Tiguan gives you standard heated washer nozzles to help clear your windshield on a cold, frosty morning as well as available rain-sensing windshield wipers for the stormy summer days, a feature only found on the highest trim level of the RAV4. Heated side mirrors are standard on the Tiguan and available on higher trims of the RAV4, while the innovative Poor Weather Lighting is exclusive to the Tiguan, providing improved visibility during inclement weather. The available power tilt/slide panoramic sunroof is available on both SUVs.


Stay cool with available ventilated seats on the 2023 Tiguan.

2023 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2023 Toyota RAV4: Comfort & Technology

Both the 2023 Tiguan and the 2023 RAV4 seat 5 comfortably but only the Tiguan offers an available third row which brings your seating capacity up to 7. Heated front seats are standard fare and available on the RAV4 while available ventilated front seats are only found on the Tiguan. Both SUVs boast available leatherette seating surfaces and an available dual-zone climate control to keep everyone comfortable. When it comes to staying connected, the Tiguan offers the standard MIB infotainment system with a standard 6.5-inch display screen. While the RAV4 brings a slightly bigger display, they both offer standard Bluetooth® for seamless audio streaming and hands-free phone connectivity, Apple CarPlay®, and Android Auto to put your favorite apps conveniently at your fingertips. Wireless charging and navigation are features exclusive to the Tiguan.

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2023 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2023 Toyota RAV4: Performance

The 2023 Tiguan packs a potent 2.0-liter turbo engine under the hood, generating a solid 184 horsepower and while the 2023 RAV4 makes 203 horsepower from its 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, it also only has 184 lb-ft of torque. With a mighty 221 lb-ft of torque, the Tiguan offers you better acceleration plus a more efficient and energy-saving drive every time. Both the Tiguan and the RAV4 offer an 8-speed automatic transmission and are both front-wheel drive with the option to upgrade to all-wheel drive for better traction and balance.


You can count on the 2023 Tiguan to get you and your family from point A to point B safely.

2023 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2023 Toyota RAV4: Safety

Both Volkswagen and Toyota have always been on the cutting edge of safety and the 2023 Tiguan and 2023 RAV4 are perfect examples. Both SUVs come standard with a suite of driver assist technology to keep you and your family safer out on the road, including Forward Collision Warning to help avoid a collision with a pedestrian, cyclist, or another vehicle. The Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert are standard fare on the Tiguan and available on higher trim levels of the RAV4, and help you avoid an accident while on the highway or in a parking lot. Park Assist with Park Distance Control is available on both SUVs while you'll only find Traffic Assist and Emergency Assist on the Tiguan.

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2023 Volkswagen Tiguan vs 2023 Toyota RAV4: Overall Value

With a starting MSRP of just $26,950, it might be hard to believe that the 2023 Tiguan has copious amounts of premium standard features, potent power, and solid safety features. With all of this, it's still less than that starting MSRP of $28,275 that you'll find with the 2023 Toyota RAV4. Surround your family in the midsize SUV that Car and Driver calls "sporty and fun to drive" when you slip behind the wheel of the 2023 Tiguan. If you have any questions about this exciting SUV or would like to schedule your test drive, give us a call, contact us online, or stop by our Byers Volkswagen showroom. We can't wait to see you.

Feature 2023 Volkswagen Tiguan 2023 Toyota RAV4
Starting MSRP* $26,950 $28,275
Standard Horsepower 184 203
Standard Torque 221 184
Fuel Economy (MPG) 22 City / 29 Highway 27 City / 35 Highway
Max Towing Capacity 1,500 lbs. 3,500 lbs.
Roof Rails Standard Available
Passenger Volume (Cubic Feet) 101.1 98.9
Standard Cargo Volume (Cubic Feet) 37.6 37.6
Max Cargo Volume (Cubic Feet) 73.4 69.8
Heated Front Seats Standard Available

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

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