Mother bought a Escape and its a good driving car, if you care about the interior then forget it its junk. I recently bought a Grand Cherokee and love it maybe give that a shot.
I hated the CVT in Nissans. Seriously, OP needs to drive an SX Sportage. I found it to be better than any of its competition.
Wife has a 2010 Forester. 4 sp Auto. Not bad for driving around town, but lousy acceleration on the highway. It struggles to get moving. MPG is decent, and its reasonably comfortable for long trips. It can hold a ton of stuff as well.
If you're looking for something sporty, this isn't it. If you want something practical and/or live in a snowy climate, consider it.
I'll add to the Tiguan votes.
My Stage 2 is a blast to drive, never fails to put a smile on my face nad i have had no issues at all with it in the 2 and a bit years of ownership, i am keeping it for 15-20 years.
I hear complaints about boot space but i have never had an issue and so far have fitted everything i ever needed to in the car due to it's modular/folding/sliding rear seats.
2010 Tiguan APR Stg2/6MT/Biscay Blue
Build thread: http://www.vwwatercooled.org.au/f97/...tig-45083.html
The Tiguan is cramped, desperately overpriced, not as efficient as its newer competition, and I think the interior is drab and ugly. Its liftover height is ridiculous, and it's got less room than a Fit inside. It does ride well and it has excellent power, and the sound system is great, but it's not a class leader in any category I can think of. Between the two you listed, if you will not consider anything else, it'd be the one to buy....but:
The two most fun to drive small SUVs on the market today are the CX-5 and the Escape. They both better the Forester and Tiguan by 5-10mpg on the highway, they're both a better value, and they're both dynamically quite accomplished. The CX-5 is let down a bit by its modest power output and performance. The Escape is more powerful, not much less fuel efficient, but a little more expensive. Both are excellent drivers without the compromises of the other two.
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I need to look at the Escape. Even with the Ecoboost 1.6L, it looks like a decent package without getting too pricey.
I'm also looking at the smaller, better handling Nissan Juke. I can't find much negative about the Juke except its lack of cargo space, small-ish back seat, and no armrest.
Most things have been said, already, but I would like to add:
- while the cargo space of the Tiguan is small, the rear seats can be not only folded but moved independently 40/20/40 front-back to compensate and to create more flexibility
- the Tiguan - especially the higher-end models - can be had at significant discount under MSRP
- in pretty much all comparison tests, the Tiguan did better than EPA advertized, and better than most if not all CUVs (safe some recent models that were not out during those comparos)
- I don't agree that the Forester handles better, or even anything close to the Tiguan. The old one was comparable - but not the new boat.
Finally, to those stating it's only as big as a Golf - that's just plain wrong (Tiguan vs. Golf):
Passenger Volume .. 95.3 cu. ft. _|_ 92.9 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume ........ 23.8 cu. ft. _|_ 15.2 cu. ft.
After incessant complaints from a to z, I am now calling all of my characters "special."
Thoroughly satisfied with our 2012 Tiguan. We planned on looking at several other vehicles and in the end we only drove the Sportage. We rented it for a weekend road trip and hated it. We kind of just wanted a Tiguan anyway and pulled the trigger on it. The only things with the Tiguan I'm not fond of is having to use premium gas and it could do a little better on mpg, but it's not bad.
Have a 2010 Tiguan S FWD. Awesome CUV. If you want economy leave it in Drive. When you want to punch it use Sport mode. Really does make a difference. I'm in Texas so snow is not a problem All other CUVs I tried were underpowered or overpriced. The jump between S and SE is substantial and not worth it to me. I hate pleather and didn't want a sunroof or dubs. The rear hatch is plenty for me.
I guess you could drive around in Sport mode, but then you'd probably get 21 mpg.
If you don't need the turbo, get a Forester manual.
New Forester arrives next Spring, if you can wait.
We're on our 3rd Subaru and they've been great. You see the dealer once every 9 years - to buy another one.
4EAT is dated but the 2.5l turbo has good low end torque so it hardly even matters. It outruns the Tig easily.
Drove a CX5, and agree with those who found it underpowered, even compred to the non-turbo Forester. Needs a 2.5l SkyActiv, now available in the Mazda6. It's also significantly smaller than the Forester, especially the back seat. Fold the seats down and they hit the front seats.
Funny observation - I test drove an Impreza immediately after the CX5 and guess which had the roomier back seat? The little Subie.
Also tested a manual Sportage - rare, but fun. Clutch/shifter are better than the manual Optima. Visibility is horrific so consider a backup cam mandatory. Problem is loaded ones only come in automatic.
My sister is still shopping for a sport/cute, and we didn't get the Escape yet, plus she's waiting to try the next Forester.
I'd also consider the MINI Countryman. I sold my A3 and ordered mine, have had it 3 months now, couldn't be happier.
I went with the S All4, nice power, great handling, interior is great. Not a ton of storage in the back with the seat up, but a lot with the seat down. So far, no complaints.
Poor OP is all over the map, apparently cross shopping Tiguans, Foresters, Passats, JSWs, and Chrysler 300s
Note, this is an older thread.
The Tiguan shares the interior parts bin with the Golf Plus. It was less squishy parts than a regular Golf (though I guess that's a blessing in disguise). I like the guages more on the CX5, and the NAV on the CX5 (though smaller display) is vast superior to the RNS510.
The tiptronic on the Tiguan shifts pretty fast, knows how to engine brake when going down hill (without down shifting), etc.. I am pretty impressed with it. Also, the tippy will have much lower running costs than a DSG. You're not going to win drag races with this thing, even with a DSG (though you might get the DSG-fart noises)