Used Car: 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Review
The 2011 Volkswagen Touareg offers gas, diesel and hybrid engines. Despite a redesign for 2011 and outstanding safety scores, its terrible reliability rating keeps it from being a top contender in the class.
The 2011 Volkswagen Touareg is ranked:
Though it’s not available with three rows of seats, test drivers appreciated the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg’s upscale interior, safety features, comfortable highway ride and impressive off-road performance. The Touareg’s safety ratings are tied with the 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class for first place in the class, with perfect scores from both the federal government and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Fuel economy is great from both diesel and hybrid models, and test drivers were surprised by the transparent, unobtrusive hybrid system. Reviewers loved its interior, saying it’s well-made and wouldn’t look out of place in a more expensive vehicle. Standard features include an eight-speaker stereo, heated front seats and a rearview camera, while the Touareg’s options list when it was new includes leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats and a navigation system.
The Touareg is ranked in the bottom third of its class due to its terrible reliability rating, which is tied with the 2011 BMW X5 for the lowest in the class. Plus, its gas-only V6 engine requires premium fuel, which makes the Touareg more expensive to own. It’s not particularly fun to drive, since it’s so big and heavy, and reviewers noted when it was new that other competitors offered more space for the same amount of money.
Other Cars to Consider
The 2011 Lincoln MKT has strong reliability and safety ratings and it offers many high-tech features. The MKT comes standard with three rows of seats, and testers appreciated its powerful Ecoboost engine.
The 2011 Lexus RX ranks at the top of its class, and with good reason. Its reliability and safety ratings are excellent, its fuel economy is better than nearly all of its competitors and reviewers said its interior is beautifully-made and well-equipped. The RX doesn’t offer much off-road ability, but in nearly every other way, it’s an excellent five-seat SUV.