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Features Comparison: Volkswagen Touareg vs. Nissan Pathfinder

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Model Year 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014 2014
Model Touareg Touareg Touareg Touareg Touareg Touareg Touareg Touareg Touareg Pathfinder Pathfinder Pathfinder Pathfinder Pathfinder Pathfinder Pathfinder
Trim V6 Sport TDI Sport V6 Lux TDI Lux V6 R-Line TDI R-Line V6 Executive TDI Executive V6 TSI Hybrid S SV Hybrid SV SL Hybrid SL Platinum Hybrid Platinum
Engines (show)  
3.6L V6
DOHC-4v
280 hp@6200
265 lb-ft@3200
                       
turbocharged
3.0L V6 Diesel
DOHC-4v
240 hp@4000
406 lb-ft@2000
                       
supercharged
3.0L V6 Hybrid
DOHC-4v
380 hp@5500
428 lb-ft@1000
                             
3.5L V6
DOHC-4v
260 hp@6400
240 lb-ft@4400
                       
supercharged
2.5L I4 Hybrid
DOHC-4v
230 hp@5600
243 lb-ft@3600
                         
Transmissions (show)  
8-speed manually-shiftable automatic              
CVT                  
Drivetrains (show)  
AWD              
FWD                  
4WD                  
Tires (show)  
255/55HR18 tires                      
265/50HR19 tires                  
275/45HR20 tires                        
235/65R18 tires                  
235/55R20 tires                            
Audio Systems (show)  
Unbranded, 8 speakers                  
Dynaudio, 620W, 12 speakers                            
Unbranded, 6 speakers                      
Bose, 13 speakers (with subwoofer)                        
Accessories (show)  
AC power outletPowers devices with a regular home electrical outlet. Limited wattage: forget about using it to power a blow drier.      
Cruise control
First-aid kit                  
Hands-free trunk or liftgateRelease latch by waving a foot beneath the bumper.                      
Heated steering wheel                      
Power front side windowsOften must be ordered with power rear side windows, if these are available.
Power liftgateLiftgate can be opened and closed using buttons inside the vehicle and on the keyfob.      
Power locks
Power rear side windows
Proximity keyEnter and start the vehicle without removing the key from your pocket.    
Remote keyless entryUnlock and lock the car using buttons on the keyfob.
Remote startStart the car using a button on the keyfob. Interior can be a comfortable temperature as soon as you get in.                        
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, manual      
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, power                          
Universal garage door openerHomelink.      
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety (show)  
4-wheel disc brakesRear disc brakes.
AlarmOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.
Antilock brakes (ABS)Automatically pulse the brakes in hard stops to prevent wheels from locking up, making it possible to brake and steer at the same time.
Around view camerasSmall external cameras provide a top-down view all around the vehicle, to reduce blind spots while parking.                      
Brake assistWhen a panic stop is sensed, fully applies the brakes.
Electronic differential lockApplies the brakes to a slipping drive wheel to transfer torque to the other side, simulating the effect of a limited-slip differential. We haven't identified all applications, often implied by traction control.
Front airbagsMandatory, in all cars.
Front seat active head restraintsAutomatically move forward when the vehicle is rear-ended.              
Hill descent controlSelectively applies the brakes to maintain a slow, steady descent on off-road downhill slopes.              
Hill start assistApplies the brakes to hold the vehicle in place on an incline. Incomplete data, so only displayed when pricing a single vehicle.
Obstacle detection, frontBeeps signal distance to object in front of vehicle. Parking aid.                          
Obstacle detection, rearBeeps signal distance to object behind vehicle. Parking aid.              
Rearview cameraRearview camera connected to display screen on the instrument panel. Often requires navigation system.              
Rollover sensorDeploys extended duration side curtain airbags when the vehicle rolls over. Usually included on tall vehicles. Rare on others.
Side curtain airbagsAirbags contained just above the window level. Except in cars without a rear seat usually cover first and second row.              
Side curtain airbags, three rowsAirbags contained just above the window level. Cover all three rows.                  
Stability controlSelectively applies the brakes to prevent excessive understeer or oversteer (spinning).
Termporary spare tire      
Tire-pressure monitorTwo types: a warning light when a tire is low on air and a pressure readout for each tire.
Traction controlWhen a drive wheel slips, it is braked and/or engine power is reduced, restoring traction.
Wide-view front cameraWide angle camera allows the driver to see around the corner on the front of the car when pulling out of parking spaces or side streets.                          
Cargo Management (show)  
Air-conditioned storage compartment              
Cargo cover
Cargo tray                  
Class III trailer hitchHitch rated for up to 5,000 pounds. Capacity of the vehicle could be lower.  
Console with shifter
Overhead sunglass holderUsually part of an overhead console.                  
Rear seat pass-throughUsually concealed behind a stowed armrest. Enables long items like skis to be carried without folding the rear seat.              
Roof rack crossbarsRequires roof rails. Together constitute a roof rack.                    
Roof railsNo crossbars.  
Storage beneath cargo floorLarge storage area beneath the load floor, often compartmentalized.                  
Storage compartment under front seat(s)              
Trailering equipment (7 wire)Includes seven-wire harness, necessary for larger trailers.      
Climate Control and Infotainment (show)  
A/V input jacksJacks for a video camera, game console, or other device with A/V output.                    
Air conditioning
Audio controls on steering wheel
Automatic air recirculationAutomatically recirculates interior air when pollution is detected in outside air.              
Automatic climate control, frontMaintains set temperature in front row. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.
Aux inputJack for an iPod or similar device. No value because of incomplete data. Will soon be standard on nearly every car.                  
Bluetooth audio streamingUses Bluetooth rather than a cable to integrate audio device. Requires compatible audio device and/or phone.      
Bluetooth cell phone linkEnables hands-free communication by wirelessly connecting a cell phone to a microphone and the vehicle's stereo speakers.  
CD changer, in-dashIncludes CD player.                            
CD player    
Dual-zone climate controlTemperature can be separately set for left and right sides of the passenger compartment. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.
DVD-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing DVDs on a front-row screen. Inoperative when the vehicle is moving. No value because of incomplete data.        
Entertainment system with dual headrest screensA DVD player and two front headrest-mounted screens.                    
HD radioHigh-definition radio, which broadcasts a digital signal. Free, no subscription fees.              
Heated windshield washer nozzles              
Interior air filterFilters exterior air before it enters the passenger compartment. No default value because most cars have them, even in cases where they're not in the official list of features.
iPod integrationIntegrates an iPod with the vehicle's controls and speakers. Usually included if there is a USB port, but can also rely on a proprietary port.              
Media drive, largeDrive with over 10 GB of storage for MP3 and other audio files.                
MP3-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing discs with MP3 files.
Navigation systemScreen-based navigation system.        
Rain-sensing wipersWipers automatically turn on and adjust their speed based on input from a rain sensor.              
Rear air ventsVents at aft end of center console, in B-pillars, and/or in ceiling.              
Rear air vents with automatic controlsMaintains set temperature in rear passenger area by providing heated or cooled air through vents in the center console, B-pillars, and/or ceiling. Replaces and includes value of rear air vents with manual controls.                  
Rear defrost
Rear heat ductsDucts under front seats direct heated air to the second row.
Rear HVAC unitA second evaporator provides cool air to rear vents. Does not include the value of these vents. Includes rear heater.                  
Rear seat audio controlsAudio controls for rear seat passengers, usually to control output through headphone jacks.                            
Rear wiper
Residual heatProvides heat for an extended period of time after the engine has been cut off.              
Satellite radioXM or Sirius. Includes a subscription for three to six months, after which monthly fees apply.  
SD Card slotSD, CF, PCMCIA, or other digital media reader.              
Speed-sensitive wipersOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.                    
Surround sound                            
Traffic + travel informationInformation about traffic plus weather, gas prices, sports news, and/or movie times. Monthly fee after first 3-12 months.                        
Traffic informationInformation about traffic conditions. Monthly fee after first 3-12 months.                
USB portOften permits an iPod or phone to be integrated into the vehicle's entertainment system and controls.                    
Variable intermittent wipersTime between wipes can be precisely adjusted.                  
Voice control for nav and audioSometimes also includes voice control over climate control system.        
Exterior (show)  
Body kitSide skirts and possibly a front air dam and rear apron.                            
Bodyside cladding (gray/black)Protective cladding extending partly onto the doors.                  
Bright-finished exhaust tip(s)Chrome or polished metal exhaust tip.              
Deep-tinted rear windows
Glass roof panel(s)One or more glass panels in the roof that cannot be opened or removed.                        
Mud guardsFlaps mounted behind two to four wheels, to protect the body from mud and rocks.                  
Panoramic sunroofFront glass panel retracts over a fixed glass roof panel. Entire unit covers nearly the entire roof.                  
Rear bumper protector
Rear spoilerCan be small lip spoiler or a larger raised spoiler.
Sunroof                        
Tow hook(s), frontUsed to connect the vehicle with another, so one of them can tow the other out of the mud.                    
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors (show)  
Auto-dimming rearview mirrorInterior rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.      
Automatic headlightsHeadlights automatically turn on and off. Includes value of automatic-off headlights.  
CompassWe haven't given this feature a value because it's hard to tell which cars have it.      
Cornering lightsLights illuminate area just ahead and to the side of the vehicle when the turn signals are used or the steering wheel is turned.              
Fog lightsLight wide area close in front of the vehicle.      
Heated mirrorsClears ice and fog from mirrors.          
Illuminated visor mirror, driverIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.  
Illuminated visor mirror, passengerIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.  
Interior ambient lightingLEDs in the ceiling or door panels cast a soft glow over the interior.              
Large energy flow and fuel economy displayStandard or optional in some hybrid vehicles. Fancy display of power flows, enhanced trip computer information.                        
LED tail lights (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.                      
Map lightsFront row reading lights.
Mirror tilt-down in reverseOne or both exterior mirrors tilt down when the transmission is in reverse, to provide view of the curb.                        
Outside temperature display
Perimeter approach lightingArea around the vehicle is illuminated when the vehicle is remotely unlocked.      
Power mirrorsIncludes value of manual remote mirrors.
Rear reading lights
Steering-linked headlightsHeadlights swivel when steering wheel is turned.              
TachometerReports engine speed.
Trip computerReports average fuel economy, and perhaps also instantaneous fuel economy, distance to empty, average speed, and other stats.
Turn signals on or near mirrors              
Visor mirror, driver                              
Visor mirror, passenger                              
Xenon HID headlightsProvide a brighter, whiter light than halogen headlights.              
Powertrain (show)  
Automatic start / stopAutomatically cuts off the engine when the vehicle is stopped and restarts it when the driver lifts off the brake pedal. Not listed for hybrids, where it is generally part of the powertrain system.                        
Lockable center differentialThe center differential can be manually locked using a button. Only for use at low speeds on loose surfaces. Engaging low range (where available) usually locks the center differential automatically.                  
Transmission coolerOnly listed when pricing a single model because insufficient data for all cars.                  
Seats and Interior Trim (show)  
Front buckets
Second-row 2-section 3-person split bench                  
Second-row 3-section 3-person split bench              
Third-row 2-section 2-person split bench                  
Aluminum trimReal aluminum trim on instrument panel, door panels, and/or center console. Deleted by wood trim even if they appear together.                            
Center armrest(s), front row
Center armrest(s), second row
Cooled or ventilated front seats                            
Dark-colored headliner (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.                            
Door sill trim plates                          
Floor mats
Folding second row seatsSeat folds to enlarge cargo area. Unless the seat is also removable, it usually folds flat or nearly flat.
Folding third row seatsSeat folds to enlarge cargo area. Unless the seat is also removable, it usually folds flat or nearly flat.                  
Heated front seats      
Heated second row seats                  
Illuminated door sill trim plates                  
Leather door panel trim                        
Leather seating surfacesSeating surfaces are trimmed in leather; other upholstery tends to be leatherette.          
Leather-wrapped steering wheel  
Manual fore-aft adjuster, second row seatsSeat adjusts back and forth to vary the split between the second row and the third row or cargo area.
Manual height adjuster, driver seat                              
Manual lumbar adjuster, driver seatManually adjustable lower back support.                      
Manual lumbar adjuster, passenger seatManually adjustable lower back support.                            
Manual recliner, second row seats
Manual recliner, third row seats                  
Memory system, driver seat          
Metal pedals                          
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, driver seatLower back support power-adjustable vertically as well as in and out.                  
Power 4-way lumbar adjuster, passenger seatLower back support power-adjustable vertically as well as in and out.                  
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat  
Power fore-aft adjuster, passenger seat      
Power height adjuster, driver seat  
Power height adjuster, passenger seat              
Power lumbar adjuster, driver seatPower-adjustable lower back support.                        
Power recliner, driver seat  
Power recliner, passenger seat      
Power release, second row seatsSeats tumble forward at the press of a button. Must be returned to upright position manually.                  
Power tilt adjuster, driver seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.  
Power tilt adjuster, passenger seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.              
Synthetic leather seating surfacesA.k.a vinyl, leatherette, MB-Tex, NuLuxe.                            
Wood trimReal wood trim on instrument panel, door panels, and/or center console.                        
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires (show)  
Alloy wheels
Sport suspension (upgrade)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.                            
Wheel locksLug nuts that can only be removed using a special key. Prevents theft of wheels.              

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Option Package Contents

Cargo Package

Features
Cargo cover
First-aid kit
Cargo tray

Cargo Package

Features
Cargo cover
First-aid kit
Cargo tray

Cargo Package

Features
Cargo cover
First-aid kit
Cargo tray

Premium Package

Features
Sunroof
AC power outlet
Glass roof panel(s)
Trailering equipment (7 wire)
Bose, 13 speakers (with subwoofer)

Cargo Package

Features
Cargo cover
First-aid kit
Cargo tray

Tech Package

Features
Navigation system
DVD-compatible player
Voice control for nav and audio
Traffic + travel information
Bluetooth audio streaming

Premium Package

Features
Sunroof
AC power outlet
Glass roof panel(s)
Trailering equipment (7 wire)
Bose, 13 speakers (with subwoofer)

Cargo Package

Features
Cargo cover
First-aid kit
Cargo tray

Tech Package

Features
Navigation system
DVD-compatible player
Voice control for nav and audio
Traffic + travel information
Bluetooth audio streaming

Cargo Package

Features
Cargo cover
First-aid kit
Cargo tray

Premium Package

Features
Sunroof
Glass roof panel(s)
Rear seat audio controls

Cargo Package

Features
Cargo cover
First-aid kit
Cargo tray

Premium Package

Features
Sunroof
Glass roof panel(s)
Rear seat audio controls

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2014 Volkswagen Touareg Available Features: Cons
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2013 4dr SUV 280-horsepower 3.6L V6
8-speed shiftable automatic AWD
as others have mentioned, it would be nice if VW offered a few a la cart options (like heated steering wheel, heated mirrors, etc.) on the 'lower' trim levels.
 

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