Compare 2012 Volkswagen Routan vs 2012 Chrysler Town & Country

2012 Volkswagen Routan
2012 Chrysler Town & Country
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4-Door Wagon S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Wagon S 17 25 $25,912 $27,020
4-Door Wagon SE 17 25 $30,697 $32,010
4-Door Wagon SE w/RSE 17 25 $32,117 $33,490
4-Door Wagon SE w/RSE & Navigation 17 25 $33,077 $34,490
4-Door Wagon SEL w/Navigation 17 25 $36,337 $37,890
4-Door Wagon SEL w/RSE & Navigation 17 25 $38,255 $39,890
4-Door Wagon SEL Premium 17 25 $42,465 $44,280
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4-Door Wagon Touring
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Wagon Touring 17 25 $28,790 $29,995
4-Door Wagon Touring-L 17 25 $31,688 $33,145
4-Door Wagon Limited 17 25 $37,674 $39,650
Pricing
Invoice Price
$25,912
$28,790
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,020
$29,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$450 / month
$500 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The Volkswagen Routan isn't very different from the Chrysler minivans--and that means top safety performance and features, with a little less than best-in-class flexibility. The 2012 Chrysler Town & Country isn't substantially different from the Dodge Grand Caravan, but it's fully equipped and a significant bargain compared to well-equipped minivans from Japan.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Minivan 2WD Minivan
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
39.2 - 39.7 39.7
Third Hip Room (in)
48.7 48.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
64.7 64.7
Front Leg Room (in)
40.6 40.6
Passenger Capacity
7 7
Third Head Room (in)
37.9 37.9
Front Hip Room (in)
57.0 57.6
Third Shoulder Room (in)
62.0 62.0
Second Leg Room (in)
36.3 36.3
Front Head Room (in)
37.2 39.8
Second Hip Room (in)
64.8 64.8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
63.0 63.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
163.5 156.1
Third Leg Room (in)
31.8 - 37.6 31.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
65.0 65.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.1 6.1
Length, Overall (in)
202.5 202.5
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
NA - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
68.9 68.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 24.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
64.8 64.8
Wheelbase (in)
121.2 121.2
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
NA - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
76.9 76.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
46.2 - 48.6 46.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
140.6 - 144.4 140.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
32.7 32.3
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - 49.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
83.0 83.7
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.0 x 0.5 12.0 x 0.47
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)
11.9 x 1.1 11.9 x 1.10
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
- TBD - 4-wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
20.5 20.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.0 39.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.14
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.9 16.9
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA TX4
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
225/65R16 P235/60R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA TX4
Front Tire Size
225/65R16 P235/60R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
360 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
540 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3600 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3600 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4494 4507
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 16.3
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
700 600
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
160 160
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
283 @ 6350 283 @ 6350
Engine Type
Gas/Ethanol V6 Gas/Ethanol V6
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
260 @ 4400 260 @ 4300
Engine Order Code
NA ERB
Displacement
3.6L/220 3.6L/- TBD -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
20 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 25
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.21 3.21
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.84 2.84
Trans Order Code
NA DG2
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.16 3.25
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.57 1.45-1.57
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 0.69
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.12 4.13
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.28 2.28
Trans Type
6 6
Summary
Body Style
Minivan 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Routan Chrysler Town & Country
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Twist Beam Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 4
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.3 9.1
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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