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2013 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

10:58 AM EST, February 6, 2013

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How green is it? If by green you mean fast and a little bit fuel efficient, then yes, the 2013 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid rates a nice, light seafoam green. The hybrid does get slightly better fuel economy than the Touareg gasoline model, but it doesn’t fare as well against the Touareg TDI Clean Diesel, which gets 28 mpg on the highway. Plus, it also costs almost $20K more than the diesel model.

Pros & cons: We really like the Volkswagen Touareg in general. It’s well-appointed and fun to drive. But it’s also really pricey and not terribly fuel efficient for a hybrid. So, if you’re a die-hard VeeDub fan and want something green, you might actually look toward the TDI model. But if you’re looking for a crossover that’s green and a little less pricey, may we recommend the Lexus RX 450h? For Chicago, we do love the all-wheel drive powertrain, standard heated front and rear seats and heated steering wheel.

What’s new: For 2013, the VW Touareg gets some new wheel and trim options; the hybrid model adds LED taillights.

Ride & performance: The Volkswagen Touareg has really nice acceleration for a hybrid, and we really like the seamless transition between gasoline engine and electric-only motor. It comes equipped with a supercharged 3.0-liter, V-6 engine paired with an electric motor, which deliver 380 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque.

Family value: While we love the roomy 5-passenger interior, we’d love to see a third row in this crossover. Regardless, the Touareg Hybrid is a really nice-sized family hauler with plenty of space for people and stuff. Cargo volume: 32.1 cubic-feet behind the second row, with  maximum cargo capacity of 64 cubic feet.

Fun factor: The Touareg Hybrid has a 0-to-60-mph time of 6.2 seconds, which isn’t bad for a crossover. So, yeah, there’s a little bit of fun here. We also like fun standard features such as keyless start, navigation and Bluetooth.

Safety: The 2013 VW Touareg comes with driver and front-passenger airbags, side head airbag, rear head airbag, hill-hold assist traction control, stability control, rearview camera and anti-intrusion side door beams.