Volkswagen Routan

BASE PRICE RANGE: $26,200-34,500* BODY TYPE: Minivan

WHAT'S NEW: The Routan heads into its sophomore year with a complete change up in trim levels. Taking a page from Honda, there are now several trim levels packaged with options (S, SE, SE w/RSE, SE w/Nav+RSE, SEL w/Nav, SEL w/Nav+RSE, and SEL Premium w/Nav+RSE). All the levels improve their offerings, with Bluetooth now standard on all but the S.

COOL FACT: The name Routan is a play on Touran, the name of Volkswagen's small van sold around the world.

SUM UP: a modern microbus. but not as cool.

RATING: ***1/2

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2010 Volkswagen Routan
Base engine 3.8L/197-hp OHV V-6
Optional engine 4.0L/253-hp SOHC V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD, 6A
0-60 mph 7.8-10.3 sec
Seats/foldaway 7/3rd row
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 16-17/23-25 mpg
Basic warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety ABS: S; Stab: S; Trac: S; Airbags: 4
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