Compare 2009 Volkswagen Touareg vs 2008 Acura MDX

2009 Volkswagen Touareg
2008 Acura MDX
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4-Door VR6
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door VR6 14 20 $36,203 $39,300
4-Door TDI V6 17 25 $39,409 $42,800
4-Door V8 13 18 $44,997 $48,900
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4WD 4-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4WD 4-Door 15 20 $36,530 $40,195
4WD 4-Door Tech Pkg 15 20 $39,704 $43,695
4WD 4-Door Tech/Pwr Tail Gate 15 20 $40,203 $44,245
4WD 4-Door Sport Pkg 15 20 $41,608 $45,795
4WD 4-Door Tech/Entertainment Pkg 15 20 $41,699 $45,895
4WD 4-Door Sport/Pwr Tail Gate 15 20 $42,107 $46,345
4WD 4-Door Sport/Entertainment Pkg 15 20 $43,603 $47,995
Pricing
Invoice Price
$36,203
$36,530
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$39,300
$40,195
Monthly Payment Estimate
$655 / month
$670 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
8.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Volkswagen Touareg is comfortable and capable. The 2008 Acura MDX has a little more passion than most larger SUVs, with no less practicality.
TCC Likes
TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
14 mpg 15 mpg
Highway
20 mpg 20 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
38.3 38.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.4 61.5
Front Leg Room (in)
41.3 41.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
99 142.2
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 59.0
Second Leg Room (in)
35.6 38.7
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 39.2
Passenger Capacity
5 7
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 59.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.7 61.6
Third Head Room (in)
- 35.7
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- 57.1
Third Leg Room (in)
- 29.1
Third Hip Room (in)
- 42.9
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.3 8.2
Length, Overall (in)
187.2 190.7
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
68.0 68.2
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
65.7 67.5
Wheelbase (in)
112.4 104.3
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
75.9 78.5
Track Width, Front (in)
65.2 67.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA 15.0
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
31 42.9
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)
71 83.5
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.0 x 1.1 13.2 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)
13.0 x 1.3 13.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
26.4 21.0
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.7 17.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.1 37.6
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Variable Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 3.29
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P255/60HR17 P255/55HR18
Spare Tire Size
195/80R17 T165/80D17
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P255/60HR17 P255/55HR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
7716 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
772 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 5000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
5086 4548
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 18 x 8
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 18 x 8
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
18.0 9.7
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 130
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
450 610
Engine
Fuel System
FSI PGM-FI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
265 @ 2500-5000 275 @ 5000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.6L/195 3.7L/224
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
280 @ 6200 300 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
16 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
20 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
14 15
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.16 0.77
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
2.66 -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.15 2.70
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.56 1.07
Trans Type
6 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 -
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive 4 Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.86 0.54
Trans Description Cont. Again
w/Tiptronic & OD NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.39 1.89
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.37 1.61
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.56 4.53
Summary
Vehicle Name
Volkswagen Touareg 2 Acura MDX
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.91
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
4-Link Multilink
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.95
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double Wishbone MacPherson strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 -

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