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2012 Volkswagen Routan
2012 Volkswagen Routan
Available Price Range $8,280-$19,932 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 21 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2012 Volkswagen Routan

Our Take

The Routan, Volkswagen's version of the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans, is more upscale than both its siblings, but it skips some of their most versatile features. With seating for seven in three rows, competitors include the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and Ni... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Limited seating versatility
  • Some cheap interior parts
  • Third-row comfort

Notable Features

  • Related to Dodge Grand Caravan
  • 3.6-liter V-6
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Available backseat TV
  • Available MP3-ready hard drive


Our Expert Reviews

As a young girl, I had unrealistic dreams of kicking conventionality and carting my future children around in a Volkswagen Bus. Now I'm an adult with two daughters, and I was more than happy to cart them around in the 2012 Volkswagen Routan minivan. The 2012 Volkswagen Routan is no Bus; it's a modern family hauler that caters to parents with its versatility and safety features. The ... Read full review for the 2012 Volkswagen Routan

Consumer Reviews


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Excellent Riding Minivan

by Routan Dad from Vestal, NY on May 22, 2012

We were looking for a vehicle with seating for five humans (+ 2 dogs) that would reliably fit all of us, as well as cargo when visiting family. The Routan has a wonderful ride, is tight. Other miniva... Read Full Review


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Crash-Test Reports


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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Free Scheduled Maintenance


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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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