Thanks to their popularity among modern car buyers, crossovers now come in a variety of shapes and types, from larger versions (which rival minivans in available seating and cargo space) to compact crossovers (which rival small sedans in terms of drivability and convenience).
Two compact-crossover outliers, the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan and the 2016 Mazda CX-5, feature options that will appeal to shoppers who prefer something a little more special as their everyday ride. With an enhanced value proposition for 2016, the Tiguan also adds faster and more comprehensive touchscreen technology. The CX-5 is also brought up-to-date with new tech features and some styling changes for 2016.
The 2016 Mazda CX-5 certainly stands out as a strong choice for those in the market for a new compact crossover. It has plenty of cargo space, an attractive style and a healthy balance of efficiency and performance under the hood. Standard features are a bit sparse, however, and include: a manual transmission, 17-inch wheels, power accessories, A/C, cruise control, a 60/40-split folding rear seatback, Bluetooth, four speakers, a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB interface. The CX-5's tuning is top-notch, but if you want a spritely engine option, you'll want to upgrade to the 2.5-liter optional four-cylinder or check out another small crossover option – like the 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan.
With a high driving position and one of the quickest powertrains in the segment, the Tiguan priorities driving experience and standard luxury equipment to set itself apart from the cookie-cutter appliances in the compact SUV class. The Tiguan houses a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque plus a six-speed automatic transmission that shifts quickly and smoothly. While the Tiguan delivers a quiet and supple ride, your available power is never far behind, should you need to merge or pass in a pinch. On the Tiguan's standard equipment list, you'll find: 16-inch wheels, heated side mirrors, roof rails, automatic headlamps and wipers, keyless ignition and entry, cruise control, A/C, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a back seat that slides and reclines, vinyl upholstery, a 5-inch touchscreen with a rearview camera, Bluetooth, eight speakers, a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB port.
For a premium crossover experience that will still fit nicely within your budget, check out the 2016 VW Tiguan at J. Bertolet Volkswagen today!