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2012 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid [w/video]

Polished Utility Impresses, Just Not At The Pump With its subtle badging out of sight, and from a distance greater than 30 feet, Volkswagen's flagship Touareg Hybrid can hardly be differentiated from its entry-level Touareg V6 sibling. But pop the hood or take it for a quick spin, and the gasoline-electric utility quickly reveals itself as one of the most complex vehicles ever to grace the German automaker's showroom. Predictably, there is always downside to such technical wizardry. Comprehensive development and revolutionary components, including a large nickel metal-hydride battery... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
3.0L V6 / EV
Power:
380 HP / 428 LB-FT
Transmission:
8-Speed Auto
MSRP:
$62,865 (base)
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