2013 Volkswagen Routan

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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Power of 3.6-liter V-6
  • Safety features
  • Kid-friendly gadgets
  • VW styling
  • Lots of storage areas

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2013 Volkswagen Routan

  • Seats up to seven
  • Related to Chrysler, Dodge minivans
  • 3.6-liter V-6
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Available MP3-ready hard drive

2013 Volkswagen Routan Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

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 versatility. With seating for seven in three rows, competitors include the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and Nissan Quest.
New for 2013
There are no changes for 2013.
Exterior
The Routan shares the same boxy shape as the Town & Country and Grand Caravan, but its face wears Volkswagen's sloping grille and lower air dam. The headlights incorporate rounded sections for the outboard bezels. Exterior features include:

  • Optional power sliding doors
  • Optional power liftgate
  • Optional xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Optional fog lights
  • Optional roof rack

Interior
The Routan's dashboard has two distinct sections separated by metallic trim. The Routan has a multifunction steering wheel, but it doesn't telescope. Interior features include:

  • Standard removable second-row captain's chairs fold onto themselves but not flat into the floor
  • Standard three-seat third row drops flat into the floor
  • Optional backseat entertainment system with two flip-down screens

Under the Hood
Volkswagen says it tuned the Routan's suspension and steering for a sportier, more European ride than the minivan's U.S.-brand counterparts. Like both of them, the Routan received a new 3.6-liter V-6 for 2011. An Eco dashboard button optimizes shift points for the six-speed automatic transmission ...

Vehicle Overview

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 versatility. With seating for seven in three rows, competitors include the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and Nissan Quest.
New for 2013
There are no changes for 2013.
Exterior
The Routan shares the same boxy shape as the Town & Country and Grand Caravan, but its face wears Volkswagen's sloping grille and lower air dam. The headlights incorporate rounded sections for the outboard bezels. Exterior features include:

  • Optional power sliding doors
  • Optional power liftgate
  • Optional xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Optional fog lights
  • Optional roof rack

Interior
The Routan's dashboard has two distinct sections separated by metallic trim. The Routan has a multifunction steering wheel, but it doesn't telescope. Interior features include:

  • Standard removable second-row captain's chairs fold onto themselves but not flat into the floor
  • Standard three-seat third row drops flat into the floor
  • Optional backseat entertainment system with two flip-down screens

Under the Hood
Volkswagen says it tuned the Routan's suspension and steering for a sportier, more European ride than the minivan's U.S.-brand counterparts. Like both of them, the Routan received a new 3.6-liter V-6 for 2011. An Eco dashboard button optimizes shift points for the six-speed automatic transmission for better gas mileage. Mechanical features include:

  • 3.6-liter V-6 with 283 horsepower and 260 pounds-feet of torque
  • Maximum towing capacity of 3,600 pounds

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Active front head restraints

Latest 2013 Routan Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Routan is dependable.

by Freeman Family from Tallahassee, FL on February 1, 2018

Car has been dependable and has met all our needs, including room and technology, especially with five grandchildren, which was the reason for purchasing a 7-passenger vehicle. Read full review

(5.0)

This van is bullet proof.

by marklbdvm from Lake Tapps, WA on June 3, 2017

I love this vehicle very much. It is comfortable to drive and has a great seating position. I like the way that you sit up high and are in command of the environment around you. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Volkswagen Routan currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 Volkswagen Routan has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Routan received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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