Volkswagen Routan

Base Price: $28,000-$39,000*
Body Type: Minivan

What's New: There are no changes to report for the 2013 Routan. The minivan, essentially a rebadged Chrysler Town & Country, received minor updates last year, including the addition of blind-spot monitoring for the SEL premium package. The SE and SEL received new 17-inch rims, rain-sensing wipers, keyless access with pushbutton start, and a multi-function display. The 283-hp, 3.5L V-6 is untouched.

Look For: The Routan not sticking around much longer.

Sum Up: A missed opportunity to make the minivan cool.

Star Rating: **

Volkswagen Routan
Base Engine 3.6L/283-hp/260-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 8.1 sec*
Seat/Foldaway 7/3rd row
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17/25 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 7; rear cam: O; BMS: O
* Estimated


Volkswagen Tiguan

Base Price: $24,000-$35,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Following an extensive revision last year, the 2013 Tiguan continues with minor updates. Volkswagen has added an electronic parking brake and a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel. Standard is hill-hold control. The SE trim gets a partially powered passenger seat, and the SEL trim gets a full power passenger seat and rearview camera.

Avoid: Waiting for a TDI model on this generation; it's more likely on the next model.

Sum Up: Small crossover packs a strong powertrain.

Star Rating: **1/2

Volkswagen Tiguan
Base Engine 2.0L/200-hp/207-lb-ft turbo I-4
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6M/6A
0-60 MPH 7.5-8.2 sec
Tow/Payload 2200/1300-1350 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 18-21/26 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A


Volkswagen Touareg

Base Price: $44,245-$62,865
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The 2013 Touareg TDI gets a power bump. Volkswagen has tweaked the 3.0L turbodiesel V-6 to produce 240 hp, 15 more than the outgoing model. New 10-spoke, 18-inch rims are offered on V-6 and TDI Sport models. Touareg Hybrid gets LED taillights. Finally, Executive and Hybrid trims get Vavona wood accents and a power tailgate operated by waving a foot under the rear bumper.

Best Buy: TDI offers nice blend of power and fuel efficiency.

Sum Up: Trying to fill some big shoes.

Star Rating: ****

Volkswagen Touareg
Base Engine 3.6L/280-hp/265-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 3.0L/240-hp/406-lb-ft t-diesel; 3.0L s-charged V-6 + elec, 333 hp
Drivetrain Front engine, AWD, 8A
0-60 MPH 5.8-7.7 sec*
Tow/Payload 7700/1300-2250 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-20/23-29 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
* Estimated


Volvo XC60

Base Price: $34,500-$45,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Rain-sensing windshield wipers, headlight washers, and a new shift knob are standard across all models. Headlights have tunnel detection. The base XC60 3.2 model gains a leather-wrapped steering wheel; the T6 and R-Design get keyless drive and Volvo's personal car communicator. Road Sign Information and Active High Beam join tech list.

Driver's Choice: Splurge on the T6 R-Design for more oomph and a nicer-looking ride.

Sum Up: Stylish and safe crossover is a Swede dream.

Star Rating: ***1/2

Volvo XC60
Base Engine 3.2L/240-hp/236-lb-ft I-6
Opt Engine 3.0L/300-325-hp/325-354-lb-ft turbo I-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 6.3-8.2 sec*
Tow/Payload 3300/1100-1400 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-19/23-25 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
* Estimated


Volvo XC70

Base Price: $35,000-$41,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: All-wheel drive is now a stand-alone option on the base XC70 3.2, which also gets a new gearshift knob. Rain-sensor windshield wipers and headlight washers become standard equipment. Premier Plus and Platinum models get HID headlights, Keyless Drive, and Volvo's Personal Car Communicator. T6 AWD gets an accessory prep cable as an extra goody with the package. Metallic paint becomes a stand-alone option.

Look For: A new, more svelte XC70 in the near future.

Sum Up: Built to take some punishment. ***1/2


Volvo XC70
Base Engine 3.2L/240-hp/236-lb-ft I-6
Opt Engine 3.0L/300-hp/325-lb-ft turbo I-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 6.9-8.9 sec*
Tow/Payload 3300/1050-1300 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17-19/23-25 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
* Estimated


Volvo XC90

Base Price: $40,395-$45,195
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The XC90 gets LED daytime running lights, chrome-trimmed taillights, rain-sensor windshield wipers, and headlight washers. There are two new colors and new 18-inch wheels on the 3.2 model. The R-Design gets 19-inch wheels. All-wheel drive and a rear entertainment system with a dual screen become stand-alone options.

Look For: Volvo's new Scalable Platform Architecture to debut on the next-gen model.

Sum Up: Different jewelry, same XC90.

Star Rating: **


Volvo XC90
Base Engine 3.2L/240-hp/236-lb-ft I-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 8.9 sec*
Tow/Payload 3970/1300-1400 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16/23 mpg
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O
* Estimated