The Routan's a large minivan with seating for seven--in other words, it's in the thick of the four-way battle for minivan sales between Chrysler, Honda, Toyota and Nissan.
Chrysler's minivans are nearly identical to the Routan, but they offer fold-away second-row seats that strike us as more flexible than the Routan's removeable second-row captain's chairs.
In that sense the Routan's more like the Odyssey and Sienna, which have better handling but most often, higher pricetags, and their second-row seats slide but do not fold into the floor.
At the bottom of the pile is the latest Quest, which has less interior space and lower gas mileage than almost every minivan on the market, and a less flexible interior.
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|2012 Volkswagen RoutanBrowse Used Listings||2012 Chrysler Town & CountryBrowse Used Listings||2012 Dodge Grand CaravanBrowse Used Listings||2012 Honda OdysseyBrowse Used Listings||2012 Nissan QuestBrowse Used Listings||2012 Toyota SiennaBrowse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Ethanol V6||Gas/Ethanol V6||Gas/Ethanol V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas I4|
|2WD Minivan||2WD Minivan||2WD Minivan||2WD Minivan||2WD Minivans||2WD Minivan|
|4-Door Wagon S||4-Door Wagon Touring||4-Door Wagon SE||5-Door LX||4-Door S||5-Door 7-Pass Van I4 FWD (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Minivan||4 Door||Passenger Van||4 Door||4 Door Minivan||5 Door Reg WB|
|Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic||Continuously variable ratio||Automatic|
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|2012 Volkswagen Routan vs. 2012 Chrysler Town & Country||2012 Volkswagen Routan vs. 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan||2012 Volkswagen Routan vs. 2012 Honda Odyssey||2012 Volkswagen Routan vs. 2012 Nissan Quest||2012 Volkswagen Routan vs. 2012 Toyota Sienna|