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2009 Volkswagen Routan vs. Its Competition

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2009 Volkswagen Routan S
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The 2009 Volkswagen Routan merits a serious look if VW’s iconoclast styling and a huge cargo capacity top your list.

However, the refinement, fit, finish, and driving demeanor of the Odyssey make it the choice for enthusiasts.

Toyota’s Sienna is the smooth, soft, and luxurious player here, but a fully optioned version retails for even more than a Routan.

Significant manufacturer rebates applying to the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country will probably make these Routan platform-mates a more attractive buy for the budget-minded.

But price aside, unless your passengers really need the removable picnic table and more easily reconfigured second-row seats of the uplevel Grand Caravan and Town & Country, we’d call the Routan a better, more stylish bet than their Pentastar siblings.

2009 Volkswagen Routan S2009 Volkswagen Routan2008 Honda Odyssey LX2008 Honda Odyssey2008 Toyota Sienna XLE2008 Toyota Sienna2007 Dodge Caravan SE2007 Dodge Caravan
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The 2009 Volkswagen Routan has the bonuses of Chrysler’s segment-defining minivans with a touch of German flair, but a modern-day VW Bus it’s not.
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The 2008 Honda Odyssey melds everyday practicality with fun-to-drive.
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The 2008 Toyota Sienna minivan does almost everything right for the family, with a roomy, functional interior and great ride comfort, but there’s not a lot of personality.
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$25,200Browse Used Listings$25,860Browse Used Listings$24,440Browse Used Listings$19,055Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage   
16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
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2WD Minivan2WD Minivan2WD Minivans2WD Minivans
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4-Door Wagon S5-Door LX5-Door 7-Pass Van CE FWD (Natl)4-Door Wagon SE *Ltd Avail*
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors   
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4 Door4 Door5 Door Reg WB4 Door Reg WB
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