2010 Volkswagen Tiguan SE 4Motion 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
I looked at 24 different CUV's before choosing the 2010 Tiguan. With superb build quality that sets it above the RAV4 and Nissan Murano, the Tiguan is a near-luxury crossover that I definitely recommend. You will pay more for the features of the VW, but you'll get a substantial vehicle with features that are normally reserved for luxury SUV's in the $50k range. The Tiguan is an excellent vehicle for commuting Canadians who like to drive.
The Tiguan is an absolute pleasure to drive! It offers luxury build quality, superb lateral handling, cavernous passenger space, outstanding safety ratings, and excellent wintertime driving manners. The Tiguan interior heats up fast (go, Canada), and the electro-mechanical steering is really slick.
Tiptronic transmission makes a straining sound under acceleration. The A/C struggles at 38C/100F and above. Middle- of-the-pack gas mileage. No diesel offering in Canada yet.