Compare 2017 Lexus RX vs 2017 Volkswagen Touareg

2017 Lexus RX
2017 Volkswagen Touareg
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RX 350 AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RX RX 350 AWD 19 26 $41,718 $44,620
RX RX 350 F Sport AWD 19 26 $47,235 $50,520
RX RX 350 F Sport FWD 20 27 $45,926 $49,120
RX RX 350 FWD 20 27 $40,409 $43,220
RX RX 450h AWD 31 28 $49,853 $53,035
RX RX 450h F Sport AWD 31 28 $53,105 $56,495
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V6 Executive
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Touareg V6 Executive 17 23 $57,247 $60,195
Touareg V6 Sport w/Technology 17 23 $47,070 $49,495
Touareg V6 Wolfsburg Edition 17 23 $50,208 $52,795
Pricing
Invoice Price
$41,718
$57,247
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$44,620
$60,195
Monthly Payment Estimate
$744 / month
$1003 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.3
6.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
As a style-conscious statement of indulgence, the Lexus RX shines like never before. Its looks are polarizing and it's not all that fun to drive even in F Sport form, but the RX continues to excel in many ways. Although it might be sold alongside pedestrian Jettas, the Volkswagen Touareg looks and feels nearly like a full-on luxury SUV at a (slightly) cut-rate price.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD -
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Volume (ft³)
121.3 -
Front Hip Room (in)
56.6 -
Second Leg Room (in)
38 36.7
Front Head Room (in)
39.4 39.6
Second Hip Room (in)
56.1 -
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.8 59.8
Second Head Room (in)
39.1 38.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.6 56.7
Front Leg Room (in)
44.1 41.4
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
64 66
Wheelbase (in)
109.8 113.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.6 76.4
Track Width, Front (in)
64.4 65.2
Length, Overall (in)
192.5 188.8
Height, Overall (in)
67.7 68.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
18.4 32.1
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
56.3 64
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
18.4 32.1
Brakes
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.9 13
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)
13.3 13
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
- 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.2 26.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
45.2 39
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P235/65VR18 P275/40HR21
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P235/65VR18 P275/40HR21
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 7716
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 7716
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
3500 7716
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 772
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 772
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4387 -
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
- 6173
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 21 X 9.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 21 X 9.5
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
267 @ 4700 266 @ 2500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5 L/211 3.6 L/220
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
295 @ 6300 280 @ 6200
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded V-6 Premium Unleaded V-6
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection
Engine Oil Cooler
- None
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 17
Transmission
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.67 0.67
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.28 -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.95 1.86
Trans Type
8 8
Drivetrain
All Wheel All Wheel
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.22 1.22
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.82
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.01 3.83
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.03 2.84
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.46 1.44
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
First Gear Ratio (:1)
5.25 4.85
Transfer Case Model
- None
Trans PTO Access
- No
Transfer Case Power Take Off
- No
Summary
Vehicle Name
Lexus RX Volkswagen Touareg
Body Style
Sport Utility 4MOTION
Body Code
- S
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Double Wishbone -
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut -
Suspension Type - Rear
Double Wishbone Multi-Link
Axle Type - Rear
- Independent
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
- 3.70
Axle Type - Front
- Independent
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
- 3.70
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.0 9.2
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 180
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- 450
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
- 450
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-
Overall Side Crash Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating
-
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-
Rollover Rating
-

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