Motor Trend Comparison: 2008 Mazda CX-7 vs 2009 Subaru Forester XT vs 2009 VW Tiguan

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Thread: Motor Trend Comparison: 2008 Mazda CX-7 vs 2009 Subaru Forester XT vs 2009 VW Tiguan

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    Motor Trend Comparison: 2008 Mazda CX-7 vs 2009 Subaru Forester XT vs 2009 VW Tiguan

    Upon initial review, Volkswagen's timing couldn't have been more perfect. Just as gas is approaching a Lincoln per gallon, the German brand introduces the Tiguan, its first compact crossover in the U.S. and one with a miserly 2.0-liter engine that achieves combined fuel economy of up to 21 mpg. Prospective buyers of mid- and full-size sport/utilities, who know deep down that a smaller vehicle will suffice, are taking notice. In its first month of sale, for instance, the Tiguan enticed 179 more buyers than did its larger, thirstier sibling, the Touareg. And with no end in sight for the rise of fuel costs, the discrepancy is bound to become more severe. After all, who really needs a V-6 or V-8 engine, certainly when a four-cylinder exhaling through a turbocharger delivers horsepower and torque figures at or above 200 and gas mileage that hovers around 20 mpg?
    With that in mind, we gathered the all-new 2009 Vee-Dub, along with two of its turbo-four rivals-the equally new 2009 Subaru Forester XT and the formidable 2008 Mazda CX-7-equipped them in topline trim and with all-wheel drive, and took them on a 500-mile trip to Lone Pine, California, home of Mt. Whitney, the tallest peak in the Lower 48. Along the way, we evaluated the threesome over our hilly 40-mile test loop in Tehachapi as well as the rugged, dirt roads in Fossil Falls State Park in Little Lake. Naturally, we concluded the review with our usual battery of instrumented track testing. Which of these go-anywhere turbochargers performs best under pressure? Let's get spooled up.
    more here: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/...son/index.html

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    Re: Motor Trend Comparison: 2008 Mazda CX-7 vs 2009 Subaru Forester XT vs 2009 VW Tig

    Once again I'm still very upset about the absence of a manual trans Forester XT
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    Re: Motor Trend Comparison: 2008 Mazda CX-7 vs 2009 Subaru Forester XT vs 2009 VW Tig

    Quote Originally Posted by F14CRAZY View Post
    Once again I'm still very upset about the absence of a manual trans Forester XT
    same.

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    Re: Motor Trend Comparison: 2008 Mazda CX-7 vs 2009 Subaru Forester XT vs 2009 VW Tig

    Hey guys, I'm actually working with VW to help spread the word on the Tiguan. I was curious what you thought about the comparisons and if you think MT's perceptions of the car were accurate? Anything to add?

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    Re: Motor Trend Comparison: 2008 Mazda CX-7 vs 2009 Subaru Forester XT vs 2009 VW Tig

    Quote Originally Posted by VWInformant View Post
    Hey guys, I'm actually working with VW to help spread the word on the Tiguan. I was curious what you thought about the comparisons and if you think MT's perceptions of the car were accurate? Anything to add?
    I thought the tiguan is a very well appointed car with a good ride and powertrain, like all VWs. my downsides for this car is the interior design which doesn't look VW to me and its quite expensive (costs and purchase price). I like the forester because its quite capable of doing decent off-roading, extremely roomy and much better than the last one.

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    Re: Motor Trend Comparison: 2008 Mazda CX-7 vs 2009 Subaru Forester XT vs 2009 VW Tig

    I think automotive testers need to provide a more detailed look at fuel economy. When they report their tested economy, gas eating peformance runs are included. That kills the average. They should report their overall average, and their average for some more typical driving; such as "We did 50 miles of city and suburban driving and averaged 19 mpg" and "We did a 100 mile highway trip and average 28 mpg." I think that would provide some more useful measures.
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