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2013 Volkswagen Touareg TDI
2013 Volkswagen Touareg TDI
  • Starting price: $47,445

While clean-diesel technology has been around for ages overseas, it has only been gaining in popularity in the U.S. in the last decade. Volkswagen is one of the leaders in this technology, offering seven of its models with clean-diesel engines -- the most of any automaker.

The Turbocharged Direct Injected, or TDI, engine in the Volkswagen Touareg has been significantly revised for 2013. The 3-liter V-6 TDI now produces 240 horsepower and a whopping 406 foot-pounds of torque while getting an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

The 2013 Volkswagen Touareg TDI seats five and includes a split rear seat that can slide fore and aft to provide additional cargo space or legroom for rear-seat occupants.

Standard features include all-wheel drive, bi-xenon headlights, light-emitting diode daytime running lights, front fog and cornering lights, dual-zone air conditioning, an eight-speaker sound system, heated front seats, split-folding rear seat, remote open-close tailgate, six air bags, rollover sensor, and electronic stability control.

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