The Mazda CX-5 and the Volkswagen Tiguan are two of the best new compact crossover SUVs on the market.
The 2018 Mazda CX-5 starts at $24,150 while the top-spec all-wheel-drive Grand Touring model starts at $30,945.
The 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan starts at $24,595, but the top-of-the-line all-wheel-drive SEL Premium version starts at $37,550.
The Mazda’s stylish design and strong driving dynamics won out over the Tiguan’s spacious cabin and top-notch infotainment system.
In recent years, the compact crossover SUV has become a dominant force in the marketplace. This year, nearly one in every five vehicles sold in the US has been a compact SUV and the segment has grown nearly 15% since 2017.
The Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Nissan Rogue are the three heavy hitters in the segment. Through August, the trio accounts for roughly 40% of the more than 2 million compact SUVs sold in the US.
Fortunately, those looking to stray from the mainstream have a bevy of strong contenders to consider including the Mazda CX-5 and the Volkswagen Tiguan.
The second generation Mazda CX-5 debuted for the 2017 model year and has been a hit with both critics and customers. So far this year, CX-5 sales are up more than 26% over 2017.
The second generation Volkswagen Tiguan is all-new for the 2018 model year. The new Tiguan is roomier, more efficient, and available with a host of modern tech features. In many ways, the gen two Tiguan allowed VW to fix many of the shortcomings that plagued the slow-selling model it replaced.
Only the long-wheelbase version of the Tiguan will be available in the US. Sold in other markets as the Tiguan Allspace, the US Tiguan is 8.5 inches longer than the standard model.
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Source:: Business Insider