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one finds the product of a blended in the automotive world, and that’s the with today’s test the 2010 Volkswagen Routan SEL [ Scroll down to read the model’s minor changes ].

the progeny of a brief dalliance the former owners of Chrysler and Volkswagen. They mated the Chrysler minivan with the VW department in order to give VW a for its lineup. The result: The Routan. the name suggests this union.

When VW announced the at the 2008 Chicago Auto it said the newly coined linked VW and America, melding the word Route and the -an suffix to VW’s European vans, the and Sharan.

However, it doesn’t the Routan with VW’s Vanagons and Eurovans. Also, any between the Routan and the original VW surely is wishful thinking.

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The Routan was a top-of-the-line version navigation, onboard entertainment and an MSRP of $39,300 (including My street tends to have an assortment of vehicles parked by the on any given day, and I managed to alongside both a Eurovan and a Dodge Grand Caravan to comparison photos.

The short description of the Routan is VW gave the Chrysler minivan a nose (quite contemporary), a suspension (well done), and interior with seating for but minus the popular Stow Go seating.

While lacking popular feature, the second-row chairs are quite comfortable and fold forward or recline, but not away or spin around for tailgating with folks in the row (for 2011, Dodge has the latter Swivel ‘n Go

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The third-row bench seat fold flat to expand the area, but even when upright, there’s a deep that is configured nicely for bags or luggage.

Buttons on the key fob the sliding doors on either of the Routan as well as the power All these operations can also be via the overhead console; in addition, the passengers have an open/close and there’s a tailgate closing on the back doorframe.

The fob also has a remote start We discovered that it works a distance after inadvertently the Routan while opening the door to our house with an of packages, one of which squeezed the fob, activating the starter. We the Routan happily running minutes later when back out for more bundles.

minivan drivers and passengers those vehicles’ inherent seating position. Mrs. G, felt the passenger’s seat was too high and lacking in legroom. The side seat, on the other had power adjustments and plenty of An annoyance was that the center had to be raised to buckle the seatbelts. The seats were comfortable, and gave the minivan a near-luxury

VW’s adjustments to the suspension to that perception. The Routan was and predictable on the highway and handled our stretch of bad-road test with aplomb. There was a combination of stiffness, spring and sound absorption to make the feel decidedly high

The Routan had well-chosen soft-touch materials with a useful in the top center. Instruments were with white background markings and red needles) and white readouts for additional onboard information. It was attractive in most except when hit by direct which washed out the digital and showed just the electronic underneath. The three-zone (left-right-rear) climate control was located low on the stack and easy to read and

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Above that, however, was a Chrysler navigation and audio If you own it, you get used to it, but it’s tedious for the user. The rearview display was because rear visibility the rear quarter windows was by rear headrests.

We averaged a 16.9 miles per gallon on a stretch of mostly city but the van seemed to use less gas on a later highway run.

The 4.0-liter V-6 an adequate 253 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of sending the power to the front via a six-speed automatic transmission. We felt there was plenty of available, but the Routan would routinely on big highway climbs, the result of the vehicle’s 4,621 or perhaps in need of recalibrating the points.

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VW has taken a decidedly low-key approach with this which won’t help with the new Honda Odyssey, Sienna, Kia Sedona, Mazda 5 and Quest minivans fighting for a that the manufacturers are hoping to

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2011 updates

Being a 25-year-old man automatically makes me a minivan tester. But when I a Grand Caravan with friends in Arizona a few months I practically saluted it after a road trip. While look like toasters, no other body style can haul five adults and gear in total comfort.

In I was mostly alone driving 2011 Routan SE, a mid-level with vinyl leatherette, and rear-seat entertainment. Following the 2011 Dodge Grand the 2011 Routan shares all-new 3.6-liter V-6, for 283 horsepower.

A new 6-speed automatic replaces the and during my drive it was quick to down and devoid of abrupt changes. The steering wheel an upgrade, with a thicker, leather-covered rim and buttons for the cruise and trip computer. On the underside at the 9 and 3 are cleverly hidden radio

The best part of the Routan is the nicely-weighted, responsive, and connected to the As Bill notes, the suspension is surprising in its deftness. Most even the 2011 Honda I’m driving now, are and write off sporty handling

But beyond the attractive styling and aluminum trim on the doors, little to convince us the Routan is a The brand confusion can be seen at where switchgear illuminates in bright red and the instrument cluster a Chrysler light blue. you find a good deal, little reason to prefer a over the 2011 Grand or Chrysler Town Country, I found quite fun to drive on back roads .

The Routan isn’t a bad choice, just lacking the competition’s interiors and flexibility (the cooled drink bin and flip-up container, or the new Caravan’s sliding drawer and those trick seats). While the Routan’s dynamics impress, for the money not the best choice in this

Clifford Atiyeh

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