What's Wrong With This Picture: Modern Microbus Uncovered? Edition

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
what s wrong with this picture modern microbus uncovered edition

In the last installment of our New Or Used? series, Sajeev, Steve and our Best and Brightest teamed up to help a reader find the modern equivalent of a Volkswagen Microbus. Because answers were limited to US-market vehicles, this CrossTouran wouldn’t have made the cut, but in a perfect world, this might just have been the car our reader was looking for. But with a starting price of €27,700 ($35k) for a 105 HP version, it’s still missing the kind of US-market appeal that might tempt VW planners to send it stateside… especially with the more American-friendly Tiguan starting at $23k, and the more off-road-capable Touareg going for about $40k. But if a small, AWD van is what you’re looking for, there is an automaker willing to take a risk on your peculiar tastes: the next-gen Mazda5 may not be a looker, but it’s said to come with an AWD option when it debuts in the US early next year.

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  • Eastcoastcar Eastcoastcar on Aug 12, 2010

    What a shame that VW has joined the 'they all look alike' crowd in auto and minivan design. This thing looks like a Chrysler design to me. But all cars look like Chrysler designs, even the Benz and the BMW look like Chrysler designs. Maybe in 15 years, the car companies will have decided to develop unique-to-brand vehicles. I won't spend car money until they do.

  • Accs Accs on Sep 03, 2010

    Ya know... I think its really pathetic when the Mazda5 has to have a awd unit.. to make people buy it. Is there no actual intelligence here? Having a awd unit.. only means your vehicle is heavier.. but without the snow tires it actually needs, or the concept to operate the #*@*@ thing. And seriously.. WHO actually buys a TOUREG to go off road. This VAN has as much ability as the TOUREG uses it.

  • Chuck Norton And guys are having wide spread issues with the 10 speed transmission with the HP numbers out of the factory......
  • Zerofoo "Hyundais just got better and better during the 1990s, though, and memories of those shoddy Excels faded."Never. A friend had an early 90s Hyundai Excel as his college beater. One day he decided that the last tank of gas he bought was worth more than the car. He drove it to empty and then he and his fraternity brothers pushed it into the woods and left it there.
  • Kwik_Shift There are no new Renegades for sale within my geographic circle of up to 85 kms. Looks like the artificial shortage game. They bring one in, 10 buyers line up for it, $10,000 over MSRP. Yeah. Like with a lot of new cars.
  • Ribbedroof In Oklahoma, no less!
  • Ribbedroof Have one in the shop for minor front collision repairs right now,I've seen more of these in the comments than in the 30 years I've been in collision repair.