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in 2010 Luxury Midsize SUVs

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Original MSRP: $40,850 - $44,350
MPG: 14 City / 19 Hwy
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Used Car: 2010 Volkswagen Touareg Review

Review Last Updated: 8/15/12

The 2010 Volkswagen Touareg has impressive handling, good off-road performance, a high-quality cabin and an available diesel engine. However, anyone looking for a good reliability rating or tons of cargo space will want to shop elsewhere.

The 2010 Volkswagen Touareg is ranked:

Serving as the basis for well-liked luxury crossovers like the 2010 Porsche Cayenne and 2010 Audi Q7, the 2010 Volkswagen Touareg is a cheaper alternative to its more upscale corporate cousins. It gets very good safety scores, and test drivers admired its well-made interior and firm, but comfortable, handling. It offers better off-road performance than many other crossovers, and its available six-cylinder diesel engine gets good fuel economy. In general, there are many reasons to like the five-seat Volkswagen Touareg.

However, there are enough strikes against it that shoppers might want to consider other options. For 2010, its V8 engine was discontinued and test drivers were disappointed in the sluggish power coming from the remaining gas-powered V6 engine. The Touareg doesn’t have quite as much cargo space as many of its rivals, and its reliability rating is low for the class. Overall, reviewers agreed that the 2010 Volkswagen Touareg is a good luxury SUV, but others in the class are simply better.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2010 Lincoln MKX offers seating for five like the Touareg, but its reliability rating is much better. Its fuel economy in front-wheel drive models is the same as the Touareg diesel’s, and their safety scores are about the same as well. The Lincoln MKX also comes standard with more features than the Touareg.

The 2010 Lexus RX is a top-ranked luxury midsize SUV due to its great fuel economy, outstanding reliability rating and good safety scores. Reviewers loved the RX’s well-made interior and easy-to-use infotainment controls, and said that its ride was especially smooth and comfortable. Plus, it’s available as a hybrid model that gets even better gas mileage. The RX isn’t exactly sporty, but test drivers agreed that it’s one of the best luxury crossovers you can buy.

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