2010 Volkswagen Routan SEL 4dr Minivan w/Rear Seat Ent, Nav (4.0L 6cyl 6A)
After eight years of driving two different Odesseys, I made the mistake of leasing a Routan instead. Two factors drove my decision: a desire for change, and economics. I can only criticize Honda for their very boring color schemes. And the Routan's final sticker price represented a small advantage. But long-term use revealed the Routan's true colors. It is at least 30% less fuel-efficient than the Odyssey. That translates to a higher per month cost. Whatever I saved at purchase was an illusion. Most importantly, the Routan is plain cheap. It is a clunker: over bumps and engaging into gear. The power side doors lock up and the transmission frequently sticks in low. Don't get on a Routan!
My family immediately liked the Routan's exciting color combinations, general lines and bright interior lighting. And it drove fairly well when we drove it around the dealership.
If Volkswagen is to offer a minivan, it should build it itself rather than clone a cheap Dodge. (Shame on me for not researching the Routan better before buying and expecting VW's German quality.) VW has hurt its own brand by assuming Chrysler/Dodge quality (or lack thereof) into the VW lineup.
I completely agree. I bought a used 2011 because even buying a used Odyssey was expensive even though after test driving them all we found the Odyssey to be superior.
I hate mine so much I'm ditching it after only 2 months and willing to take the lose to buy the van I should have bought.
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