Compare 2010 Lexus RX 450h vs 2008 Volkswagen Touareg

2010 Lexus RX 450h
2008 Volkswagen Touareg
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FWD 4-Door Hybrid
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4-Door V6
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door V6 14 20 $36,183 $39,300
4-Door V8 12 17 $44,510 $48,390
4-Door V10 15 20 $62,785 $68,340
Pricing
Invoice Price
$38,841
$36,183
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$42,685
$39,300
Monthly Payment Estimate
$711 / month
$655 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2010 Lexus RX 450h pleases green do-gooders and upscale shopaholics alike. Driving enthusiasts, though, should look elsewhere. The 2008 Volkswagen Touareg has more toughness than most mid-size SUVs for heavy-duty towing and off-road needs yet on-the-road comfort doesn’t suffer.
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Fuel Economy
City
32 mpg 14 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 20 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
55.6 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
37.0 35.6
Front Head Room (in)
- TBD - 38.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
100.0 99
Second Hip Room (in)
54.5 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.0 57.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.7 38.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.6 57.4
Front Leg Room (in)
43.1 41.3
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.8 65.7
Wheelbase (in)
107.9 112.4
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.2 75.9
Track Width, Front (in)
64.2 65.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.9 8.3
Length, Overall (in)
187.8 187.2
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
66.3 68.0
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
40.0 31
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
80.3 71
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.9 x - TBD - 13.0 x 1.26
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.2 x - TBD - 13.0 x 1.10
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.2 26.4
Steering
Steering Type
Electric pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.79 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.8 14.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.8 38.1
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
235/60R18 P255/60HR17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
235/60R18 P255/60HR17
Spare Tire Size
Compact P195/80R17
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 7716
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
300 772
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 5000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4520 5086
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 17 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 18.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 450
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 150
Engine
Fuel System
SFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
234 @ 4800 265 @ 2500-5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/214 3.6L/195
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
245 @ 6000 280 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas/Electric V6 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
32 14
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.16
Trans Description Cont.
ECVT Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA 2.66
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.69
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 4.15
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.56
Trans Type
1 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA 1.00
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.86
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA w/Tiptronic & OD
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.39
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.37
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.54 4.56
Summary
Vehicle Name
Lexus RX 450h Volkswagen Touareg 2
Body Style
4-Door SUV 4 Door
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Double Wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Double Wishbone Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs 4-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.2 -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 -

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