Out of curiosity, if you had the option to choose one of the above as a toad, which one would you choose? It's my understanding that both can be flat-towed without problems, even though the Honda must have the transmission shifted in a specific sequence before you shut off the engine and begin your journey. The 5-speed manual in the VW doesn't care.
The VW Jetta Wagon gets about 40 - 45 mpg on diesel with it's front-wheel drive powertrain - can fill both coach and toad at the same fuel pump.
The Honda CRV-4 is the full-time four-wheel drive version of this mini-SUV, and gets about 1/2 > 2/3rds the mileage of the VW, but also has an automatic.
I don't really have a preference, just curious to see what the troops think. . .
So please take a minute and vote, I'd appreciate it. I've also set it up so that you can change your vote if you feel you've made an error, but you can only vote one time.
FWIW. . .