Compare 2012 Lexus GX 460 vs 2012 Volkswagen Touareg

2012 Lexus GX 460
2012 Volkswagen Touareg
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4WD 4-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4WD 4-Door 15 20 $48,984 $53,245
4WD 4-Door Premium 15 20 $53,396 $58,040
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4-Door VR6 Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door VR6 Sport 16 23 $41,251 $43,375
4-Door VR6 Sport w/Nav 16 23 $42,791 $44,995
4-Door TDI Sport 19 28 $44,579 $46,875
4-Door TDI Sport w/Nav 19 28 $46,119 $48,495
4-Door VR6 Lux 16 23 $46,461 $48,855
4-Door TDI Lux 19 28 $49,790 $52,355
4-Door VR6 Exec 16 23 $51,597 $54,255
4-Door TDI Exec 19 28 $54,926 $57,755
4-Door Hybrid 20 24 $58,115 $61,110
Pricing
Invoice Price
$48,984
$41,251
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$53,245
$43,375
Monthly Payment Estimate
$887 / month
$723 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 GX 460 is a good pick for those who need the serious towing ability of a body-on-frame SUV, along with the refinement of a Lexus. But gas mileage is dismal, and it has some pretty critical packaging flaws that limit its usefulness. The 2012 Volkswagen Touareg offers refined powertrains, excellent interior comfort, as well as a luxurious feel--although it carries a luxury-class price tag for a mainstream brand.
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Fuel Economy
City
15 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
20 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
55.2 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.4 59.8
Third Leg Room (in)
29.3 -
Second Head Room (in)
40.4 38.9
Passenger Capacity
7 5
Third Hip Room (in)
43.1 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.3 56.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 41.4
Third Head Room (in)
35.2 -
Front Hip Room (in)
56.5 - TBD -
Third Shoulder Room (in)
54.5 -
Second Leg Room (in)
34.1 34.9
Front Head Room (in)
38.0 39.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
141.4 101.4
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in)
109.8 113.9
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.2 76.4
Track Width, Front (in)
62.4 64.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.1 7.9
Length, Overall (in)
189.2 188.8
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
74.2 68.2
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.4 65.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
46.7 32.1
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)
91.9 58.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
11.6 NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 x - TBD - 13.0 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)
13.3 x - TBD - 13.0 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
23.0 26.4
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.4 12.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.1 39.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 2.63
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
265/60R18 255/55R18
Spare Tire Size
265/60R18 195/75R18
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
265/60R18 255/55R18
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
975 1155
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
6500 7700
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
5128 4711
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 18 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 18 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 220
Engine
Displacement
4.6L/281 3.6L/195
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
301 @ 5500 280 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas V6
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
329 @ 3500 265 @ 3000-4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
17 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
20 23
Transmission
Trans Type
6 8
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 1.00
Drivetrain
4-Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 1.22
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.22 3.83
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.04 2.84
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.90 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.44
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
2.56 NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.58 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.52 4.85
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.40 1.86
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.67
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.82
Summary
Body Style
4-Door SUV 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Lexus GX 460 Volkswagen Touareg
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link Rigid Axle Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
2 3
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
11.0 9.6

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