2013 Volkswagen Touareg vs. Its Competition

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Touareg lacks a third-row seat, and to some shoppers that's going to be a deal-breaker, especially for a larger, more substantial vehicle like this.

Even though the Touareg has a VW badge, because of its price we have to compare it more to luxury models like the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz M-Class.

The M-Class was recently redesigned, with much-improved interiors and better refinement, while keeping some level of off-road ability.

BMW's X5 still provides a more engaging drive but isn't quite as spacious and versatile as some of the entries here.

The Infiniti FX remains our pick for performance on a curvy road.

The Audi Q7, which is closely related to the Touareg, does include a third row, as well as a warmer interior design, for only modestly more.

Among mainstream models, we think the Honda Pilot matches up best against the Touareg's chunky, more upright design and purpose.

The Pilot is responsive and relatively efficient, and it somehow makes better use of interior space, although we like the Touareg's interior appointments better.

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Quick Specs
The 2013 Volkswagen Touareg delivers good performance and a luxurious interior--although it's a mainstream brand asking for a luxury-vehicle price.
The 2013 Audi Q7 is a premium, lavishly-appointed three-row utility vehicle with great on-road manners and capability, plus towing ability--without the off-road style or pretense.
While it's not as fresh-faced as some of the competition, the 2013 BMW X5 continues to shine in utility, comfort, driving, and, in the X5 M, shockingly high performance.
The 2013 Honda Pilot looks tough and truck-like from the outside, yet inside it's one of the better family haulers.
For families who want off-road or towing ability, but not a third row of seats, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz M Class is one of the most enjoyable, secure utility-vehicle picks.
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Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Supercharged Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class    
4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 4WDSport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle 2WD
Style Name    
4-Door VR6 Sportquattro 4-Door 3.0T PremiumAWD 4-Door xDrive35i2WD 4-Door LXRWD 4-Door ML 350
Four Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 DoorSport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle - 4WDSport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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