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/ 10
On Green
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$42,273
BASE MSRP
$44,450
On Green
Base VR6 versions of the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg are still thirstier than most in its class, but in TDI or Hybrid form it's a lot greener.
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Expert Quotes:

16 mpg city, 23 highway (VR6); 19/28 (TDI); 20/24 (Hybrid)
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With the TDI and the Hybrid, the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg shows that you don't have to settle for a guzzler to get a roomy, family-friendly utility vehicle. While the base V-6 models aren't so impressive, at just 16 mpg, the two other models, the Hybrid and TDI diesel models, are exemplary, both offering more than 20 mpg in Combined EPA driving.

Actually, Volkswagen's effort with the Hybrid doesn't make a very good argument for itself, as the Hybrid is not only much more expensive than the TDI but worse in Combined fuel economy. While we value the Hybrid as a stepping stone toward greater electrification, we'd advise shoppers to make the practical choice toward the TDI—especially if they plan to do more suburban or highway driving. 

Conclusion

Base VR6 versions of the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg are still thirstier than most in its class, but in TDI or Hybrid form it's a lot greener.

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