Compare 2012 Lexus GX vs 2012 Volkswagen Touareg

2012 Lexus GX
2012 Volkswagen Touareg
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4WD 4-Door
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
GX 460 4WD 4-Door 15 20 $48,984 $53,245
GX 460 4WD 4-Door Premium 15 20 $53,396 $58,040
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4-Door Hybrid
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Touareg 4-Door Hybrid 20 24 $58,115 $61,110
Touareg 4-Door TDI Exec 19 28 $54,926 $57,755
Touareg 4-Door TDI Lux 19 28 $49,790 $52,355
Touareg 4-Door TDI Sport 19 28 $44,579 $46,875
Touareg 4-Door TDI Sport w/Nav 19 28 $46,119 $48,495
Touareg 4-Door VR6 Exec 16 23 $51,597 $54,255
Touareg 4-Door VR6 Lux 16 23 $46,461 $48,855
Touareg 4-Door VR6 Sport 16 23 $41,251 $43,375
Touareg 4-Door VR6 Sport w/Nav 16 23 $42,791 $44,995
Pricing
Invoice Price
$48,984
$58,115
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$53,245
$61,110
Monthly Payment Estimate
$887 / month
$1019 / 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 20 mpg
Highway
20 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
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
Second Hip Room (in)
55.2 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.4 59.8
Third Leg Room (in)
29.3 -
Exterior Dimensions
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
Wheelbase (in)
109.8 113.9
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.2 76.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
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 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
46.7 32.1
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
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 -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
23.0 26.4
Steering
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 2.66
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.4 12.8
Tires
Spare Tire Size
265/60R18 195/75R18
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
265/60R18 265/50R19
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
265/60R18 265/50R19
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
5128 5135
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 19 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 19 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 15.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - NA
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V8 Superchaged Gas/Electric V6
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
329 @ 3500 428 @ - TBD -
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
4.6L/281 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
301 @ 5500 380 @ - TBD -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
17 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
20 24
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.22 4.02
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.04 2.81
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.90 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.43
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 4.92
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.40 1.84
Trans Type
6 8
Drivetrain
4-Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 1.00
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 1.21
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.69
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.83
Summary
Body Style
4-Door SUV 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Lexus GX 460 Volkswagen Touareg
Suspension
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
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
11.0 8.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
2 4

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