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2009 Volkswagen Touareg 2009 Lexus RX 350 2009 Lexus GX
     
4dr VR6
  • 4dr VR6
  • 4dr V6 TDI
  • 4dr V8
FWD 4dr
  • FWD 4dr
  • AWD 4dr
4WD 4dr
  • 4WD 4dr

Prices

MSRP $39,300 $37,700 $47,615
Invoice $36,203 $33,742 $42,376
Avg. Paid $16,090 $20,788 $26,241

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.4 9.0 8.4
Critics' Rating 8.1 9.3 8.2
Performance 8.4 8.5 8.0
Interior 7.9 8.6 7.9
Operating Cost 6.8 7.4 6.9
Safety 9.4 9.4 N/A
Reliability 2.0 5.0 5.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Great handling
  • Surprisingly capable off-road
  • Good safety score
  • Luxurious, comfortable, quiet interior
  • Smooth ride and car-like handling
  • Fantastic reliability rating
  • Great safety score
  • Great for towing and off-roading
  • Impressive Lexus interior
  • Class-leading reliability rating
  • Seats up to eight
Cons
  • Limited cargo capacity
  • No third row
  • Poor fuel economy from gas engines
  • Underpowered base engine
  • Poor reliability score
  • Not as fun to drive as others
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Truck-like ride and handling

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 3.6L/195 Gas V6 3.5L/211 Gas V8 4.7L/285
MPG 14 City / 20 Hwy 18 City / 23 Hwy 14 City / 18 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door 4-Door SUV 4-Door SUV

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 112.4 106.9 109.8
Length, Overall (in) 187.2 186.2 188.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 75.9 72.6 74.0
Height, Overall (in) 68.0 66.1 74.6

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Standard Optional Standard
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard Optional Standard
Sunroof Sunshield Optional
Running Boards Optional Standard
Rear Spoiler Standard Standard Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 5086 3870 4871

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard
Tires - Front On/Off Road Standard Standard
Tires - Front Performance Optional
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard
Tires - Rear On/Off Road Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Optional
Full Size Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Optional Optional

Towing

Trailer Hitch Receiver Standard Optional Optional

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional Optional Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard Standard
HID headlights Optional Optional
Interior Cargo Shade Standard
Keyless Start Optional
Luggage Rack Optional Standard
Rear Parking Aid Standard Optional Optional
Power Liftgate Standard Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Standard Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard Optional Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Standard
Rear Floor Mats Standard Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard Standard Standard
Heated Exterior Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Heated Exterior Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Mirror Memory Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 99 102.5 103.9
Front Head Room (in) 38.7 39.3 40.2
Front Leg Room (in) 41.3 42.5 41.8
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.7 57.9 57.5
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 55.6 55.1
Second Head Room (in) 38.3 38.6 40.0
Second Leg Room (in) 35.6 36.4 36.8
Second Shoulder Room (in) 57.4 57.1 57.4
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 55.1 54.8
Third Leg Room (in)
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 71 84.7 77.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 31 38.3 49.7
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.)

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Optional Standard Standard
Cassette Standard
CD Changer Optional Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Optional Standard Standard
Rear Seat Audio Controls Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Optional
Premium Sound System Standard Optional Standard
Entertainment System Optional Optional

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard Standard
Dual Zone A/C Standard Standard Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard
Rear A/C Optional

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional Optional Optional
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Optional Optional

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard
Leather Seats Optional Optional Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard
Additional Rear Seat Optional
Heated Driver Seat Standard Optional Standard
Heated Passenger Seat Standard Optional Standard
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard
Seat Memory Optional Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Optional Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Auto-On Headlights Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Rollover Protection System Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Locking Rear Differential Optional Standard
Four Wheel Drive Standard Standard
Front Wheel Drive Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
8 Cylinder Engine Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas V8
Displacement 3.6L/195 3.5L/211 4.7L/285
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 280 @ 6200 270 @ 6200 263 @ 5400
Torque (Net @ RPM) 265 @ 2500-5000 251 @ 4700 323 @ 3400
Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic w/OD
Turning diameter 38.1 37.4 37.4

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 14 18 14
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 20 23 18
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 26.4 19.2 23.0

Suspension

Active Suspension System Optional Standard
Air Suspension Optional Optional Standard
Suspension Type - Front Independent MacPherson Strut Double Wishbone,
Suspension Type - Rear Independent MacPherson Strut 4-Link Rigid Axle
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Double Wishbone Adaptive Variable
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) 4-Link Adaptive Variable

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard Optional
5-Speed Automatic Standard Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard