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There’s also generous cargo space: 1,122 litres with the seat upright and 3,810L in the five-seat model.The SXT arrives with a 4.3-inch touchscreen that anchors the infotainment functions. Accessing Dodge’s top system adds $1,495 to the SXT, but it is money well invested as it is one of the best infotainment systems around with its 8.4-inch screen along with backup camera and rear park assist system, among other things. Where the Journey lags is with safety features like blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warning; they just are not available.The SXT all-wheel drive arrives with Dodge’s strong 3.6-litre Pentastar V6. It pushes a healthy 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission. Where the base four-cylinder engine is loud and underpowered, the six is refined and brings an enthusiastic response to throttle input. It runs to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds while returning a combined city/highway economy of 9.2 L/100 km. The all-wheel drive system drives the front wheels under normal conditions, but can send up to 50 per cent of the power rearward on demand. This makes it a reactive system.The SXT earns a “touring” suspension. It is sportier and does a better job of controlling unwanted body roll through a corner. The larger P225/65R17 tires also amp up the lateral grip. The downside is the sluggish feel imparted by the steering. Here, it lags behind both the Toyota RAV4 and VW Tiguan.The 2017 Dodge Journey SXT AWD arrives with combined discount of $3,885 and a pre-tax price of $32,045.Toyota RAV4 SE AWDCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Toyota RAV4 On the last three Fridays of every month, Graeme Fletcher combines manufacturers’ incentives from with resale value, dependability and overall ratings to find you the best deal for your money in new cars. This week, we look at mid-level crossovers with all-wheel drive. The hot deals for May are on the 2017 Dodge Journey SXT AWD, Toyota RAV4 SE AWD and VW Tiguan 2.0 TSI Comfortline 4Motion.Dodge Journey SXT AWDCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Dodge Journey Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $36,270 Toyota Canada Incentive*: $885Unhaggle Savings: $1,500 Total Savings: $2,385 Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $1,925 Total Before Tax: $35,810Click here to lock in this exclusive price with your dealerFollowing a refresh last year, the Toyota RAV4 continues into 2017 with the addition of a new model, the Limited Platinum Package. As before it is offered in both gasoline and hybrid versions. Both models offer one of the best safety packages in the segment. All RAV4s get Toyota Safety Sense, which includes a pre-collision system with automatic braking, auto high beams, active cruise control and lane departure warning with keep assist. The SE featured here then adds blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.The RAV4 SE arrives well equipped with things like a heated steering wheel, automatic climate control, backup camera and navigation, with a seven-inch screen for the latter as standard fare. That’s a wealth of equipment. The other plus is the quietness of the cabin — there is minimal road and wind noise when travelling at speed. There’s also plenty of comfort in all seating positions and lots of capacity: 1,090L with the seats up and 2,080L with them folded. The SE’s downside is the SofTex “leather” that wraps the seating — vinyl is vinyl any way you cut it.The RAV4 arrives with a 2.5L four-cylinder engine that produces 176 hp and 172 lb.-ft. of torque – not the best numbers in the segment, but enough to reach 100 km/h in nine seconds while returning 9.7 L/100 km. If fuel economy is important, the SE Hybrid has an average economy rating of 7.3 L/100 km; the premium for the SE Hybrid over the regular SE is $2,330.One of the SE’s fortes is the manner in which it handles. Being the sportiest model, it benefits from its sport-tuned suspension and P235/55R18 tires. The combination reduces body roll while sharpening the response to steering input. The all-wheel drive system with Dynamic Torque Control powers the front wheels under normal conditions, but can send up to 50 per cent rearward in a proactive manner — it splits the power evenly under hard acceleration and through a corner.The Toyota RAV4 SE AWD featured carries an MSRP of $35,810 after combined savings of $2,385.VW Tiguan 2.0 TSI Comfortline 4MotionCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Volkswagen Tiguan The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $33,998 Volkswagen Canada Incentive*: $2,750Unhaggle Savings: $1,100 Total Savings: $3,850 Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $1,935 Total Before Tax: $32,083Click here to lock in this exclusive price with your dealerWhile the Volkswagen Tiguan is entering the twilight phase of its career (the next-gen model is already prowling European roads), it still manages to hold its own in an increasingly tougher segment. The midrange Comfortline is a blend of Teutonic functionality, rich materials and plentiful equipment.The list includes an eight-way power driver’s seat, power panoramic moonroof and a 6.33-inch infotainment touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality. There is plenty of headroom and space up front. The rear riders will find the legroom somewhat tight if the front riders are taller. Space-wise, the Tiguan is listed as having 673L seats upright and 1,588L with the seats down, which is tight by segment standards. The rear seats recline and slide back/forth to maximize leg space or cargo capacity, which is a plus. As with the RAV4, the Tiguan’s “leatherette” is disappointing. Ditto the lack of safety equipment — the lone exception is a backup camera.The Tiguan arrives with a peppy 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder that generates 200 hp and 207 lb.-ft. of torque with commendably little turbo lag. It drives all four wheels through a slick six-speed automatic. The combination brings a run to 100 km/h of 8.1 seconds and an average city/highway economy of 11.1 L/100 km.The Tiguan’s fully independent suspension brings an enviable blend of ride comfort and handling agility. It is a comfortable highway cruiser, however; toss it into a double-apex corner at a rapid rate and it clips both accurately while delivering reassuring steering feedback and little in the way of understeer. Of the three, it is the sportiest by far. The handling is helped by VW’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system. It reacts quickly to changing conditions and it shuttles the power around in a fast and seamless fashion. It also makes good use of VW’s brake-based electronic locking differential — it brakes a spinning wheel, which forces the drive to the one with grip. It is a well-sorted system.The VW Tiguan 2.0 TSI Comfortline 4Motion has a total discount of $3,850 and an MSRP of $32,083.Compare the Dodge Journey, Toyota RAV4 and Volkswagen Tiguan side-by-side hereTransport Canada lists one recall for the VW Tiguan (#2016662). “Certain vehicles may have been equipped with airbag and/or pretensioner igniters that do not meet specifications. This could cause affected airbags and/or pretensioners to fail to deploy properly in the event of a crash.” Dealers will replace the affected airbag and/or pretensioner. There are no recalls listed for the Dodge Journey or Toyota RAV4.The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Dodge Journey as a disappointing (and worst) Poor in the small offset front crash test. It does get Good ratings for the moderate offset, side impact, roof strength and head restraint/seat tests. The VW Tiguan is rated as Marginal (second worst) for the small offset front impact test. As with Journey, it earns Good scores in all the other tests, but it is not rated for forward crash prevention and gets an Acceptable for headlight performance. The Toyota RAV4 puts on the strongest showing, rating as a Top Safety Pick+ thanks to its Good ratings in all crash tests including the small offset crunch. It also gets a Superior rating for forward crash prevention. Headlight performance is Acceptable.The projected resale value of these midlevel all-wheel-drive crossovers in 2022, after being driven an average of 20,000 km/year, is $9,365 for the Dodge Journey SXT AWD, $13,515 for the Toyota RAV4 SE AWD and $10,640 for the VW Tiguan 2.0 TSI Comfortline 4Motion.The Poor crash performance of the Dodge Journey and VW Tiguan in the small offset crash test rule both out as the hot deal — while both pass the other crash tests criteria with flying colours, the small offset crash test is becoming the benchmark by which overall occupant safety is now judged. This leaves the Toyota RAV4 as the hot pick. It is well-equipped and has a poised driving demeanour in SE guise. It also passes all crash standards, has the strongest resale value and its reliability over the years has been well above average. Handout / Toyota Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $33,995 Dodge Canada Incentive*: $2,385Unhaggle Savings: $1,500 Total Savings: $3,885 Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $1,935 Total Before Tax: $32,045Click here to lock in this exclusive price with your dealer *Manufacturer incentive displayed is for cash purchases and may differ if leasing or financing. For more information on purchasing any of these vehicles or others, please visit While data is accurate at time of publication, pricing and incentives may be updated or discontinued by individual dealers or manufacturers at any time. Typically, manufacturer incentives expire at the end of every month. Vehicle availability is also subject to change based on market conditions. Unhaggle Savings is a proprietary estimate of expected discount in addition to manufacturer incentive based on actual savings by Unhaggle customers. Taxes are extra and vary by province. See More Videos RELATED TAGSDodgeJourneyRAV4TiguanToyotaVolkswagenNew Car DealsNew Car DealsNew VehiclesAutomotive EnginesAutomotive ReviewsAutomotive SafetyAutomotive TechnologyDodge JourneyGraeme FletcherInsurance Institute for Highway SafetyScience and TechnologyTechnologyToyota Motor CorporationToyota RAV4Transport CanadaUnhaggle.comVolkswagen Tiguan COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending Videos advertisement Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 This week’s Unhaggle deals include the Toyota RAV4, Volkswagen Tiguan and Dodge Journey. ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more