2010 Volkswagen Routan SE

The VW Routan has ample room for all your goods, kids, and what have you, but it's not for dad.

The pluses:
The van drove very well on Ann Arbor's less-than-perfect roads, even better when we hit the smoother surfaces of Ohio. Cruise control kept us at a constant speed, and the onboard entertainment system kept the kids of all ages entertained. Large amounts of storage in the cabin includes multiple secure, hidden compartments. Cupholders at every turn might have you looking for restrooms often. We were pleased to discover this vehicle's range - our 100-mile trip to Toledo took only about a quarter tank of gas traveling between 75 and 78 mph. We loved the auto sliding doors, whether actuated from the key fob or the driver's seat. I always thought this feature was a bit silly until I loaded sixteen bags of groceries in a spring windstorm by myself.

The minuses:
The navigation system's auto-dimming function setting can be elusive and lead to unwarranted driver frustration. The reason this car isn't for dad is the driver's seat. Adjusted all the way back for a six-foot-plus driver, there wasn't much legroom. Big dads may have to call shotgun or play attendant to the kiddies. Large turning radius was a problem in tight parking lots. I'd like to have had a front camera to see where the nose was, or at least proximity sensors.

Kelly Ryan Murphy, Creative Director

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