Volkswagen Tiguan

BASE PRICE RANGE: $24,305-$35,595

WHAT'S NEW: Minor changes are in store for the Tiguan in 2011. There are new 16- and 17-in. wheel designs and the color Night Blue replaces Sapphire Blue. Entry-level models get voice-controlled Bluetooth and a new entry-level sound system with a single-disc CD player. MDI with an iPod cable is now standard equipment on SE and SEL.

COOL FACT: Volkswagen reduced build combinations from 120 in the 2010 model year to just 11 in 2011.

SUM UP: If a Q5's too pricey...
RATING: ****

2011 Volkswagen Tiguan
Base Engine 2.0L/200-hp turbo DOHC I-4
Optional Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6M/6A
0-60 MPH 7.5-8.2 sec
Tow/Payload 2200/1300-1350 lb
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 19-20/25-26 mpg
Basic warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety ABS: S; Stab: S; Trac: S; Airbags: 6