Compare 2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid vs 2012 Volkswagen Touareg

2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
2012 Volkswagen Touareg
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4WD 4-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4WD 4-Door 28 28 $35,617 $38,715
4WD 4-Door Limited 28 28 $40,598 $44,370
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4-Door VR6 Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door VR6 Sport 16 23 $41,251 $43,375
4-Door VR6 Sport w/Nav 16 23 $42,791 $44,995
4-Door TDI Sport 19 28 $44,579 $46,875
4-Door TDI Sport w/Nav 19 28 $46,119 $48,495
4-Door VR6 Lux 16 23 $46,461 $48,855
4-Door TDI Lux 19 28 $49,790 $52,355
4-Door VR6 Exec 16 23 $51,597 $54,255
4-Door TDI Exec 19 28 $54,926 $57,755
4-Door Hybrid 20 24 $58,115 $61,110
Pricing
Invoice Price
$35,617
$41,251
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$38,715
$43,375
Monthly Payment Estimate
$645 / month
$723 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Volkswagen Touareg offers refined powertrains, excellent interior comfort, as well as a luxurious feel--although it carries a luxury-class price tag for a mainstream brand.
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Fuel Economy
City
28 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Third Head Room (in)
36.3 -
Front Hip Room (in)
56.7 - TBD -
Third Shoulder Room (in)
55.0 -
Second Leg Room (in)
38.4 34.9
Front Head Room (in)
40.6 39.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
145.4 101.4
Second Hip Room (in)
56.3 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.7 59.8
Third Leg Room (in)
29.9 -
Second Head Room (in)
39.8 38.9
Passenger Capacity
7 5
Third Hip Room (in)
42.3 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
59.5 56.7
Front Leg Room (in)
43.2 41.4
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.3 7.9
Length, Overall (in)
188.4 188.8
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
68.1 68.2
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.0 65.7
Wheelbase (in)
109.8 113.9
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
75.2 76.4
Track Width, Front (in)
64.0 64.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
94.1 58.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
10.3 NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
42.3 32.1
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.2 x - TBD - 13.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
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 - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.2 26.4
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.1 2.63
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.0 12.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.7 39.0
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/65R17 255/55R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/65R17 255/55R18
Spare Tire Size
P245/65R17 195/75R18
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 7700
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 1155
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 5000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4641 4711
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 18 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 18 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 220
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
215 @ 4800 265 @ 3000-4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/211 3.6L/195
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
231 @ 5800 280 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas/Electric V6 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
28 16
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.54 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.44
Trans Description Cont.
CVT Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- TBD - NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 4.85
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.86
Trans Type
1 8
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- TBD - 1.00
Drivetrain
4-Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.22
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.83
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 2.84
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.82
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Toyota Highlander Hybrid Volkswagen Touareg
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Dual-link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.5 9.6
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7 3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-
Overall Side Crash Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-
Rollover Rating
-

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