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there is nothing else in this price range or MPG... We do lots of mountain driving at altitude so a turbo or super charger was mandatory. we considered
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Other brands didn't make the cut and we were getting rid of a Jetta TDI we put 264,000 miles on. we had good experience with that VW even though it had a few class issues.
 

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oh the 2006.5 Jetta had issues with the 5spd DSG transmission ( gas or TDI models) and cam shaft wear (on TDI model) on high mileage cars. there are many other brands with similar situations nearing 100,000. those have all been improved in later designs, pretty typical of auto industry. We enjoyed that car a lot even with the cost of replacement of those parts. it probably made us feel better about driving it to over 250k.

there could have been other options for us if we didn't want turbo/sc engine. I refuse to live with a normal engine after my 5.7L engine would loose most of its power at +10,000ft.

the Taos, BTW, did fantastic in the mountains a week ago. no issues up to 12,000ft with passing people and accelerating up hills.
 

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Subaru crosstrack is what I originally went to get The Subaru dealership is also a Volkswagen dealership and did not have any crosstracks at the time because of chip shortage so they showed me the taos The rest is history lol
 

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Curious. I have not yet bought mine but also find nothing fully loaded under $40K of interest. What was your path to a Taos?
I was considering: Audi Q3; BMW X1/X2; Volvo XC 40 and (perhaps strangely) Bronco Sport.

The Taos drive and feel was as nice as the other Europeans IMO with better fuel consumption, regular fuel (the Audi salesman made a big deal of their poor mpg not being an issue as it was regular gas compared to BMW premium), better rear passenger room, and a much lesser MRSP. I recognize the acceleration is less, however I have no complaints with the Taos abilities for my city or highway driving. Plus I liked the LED grill light bar!

The Bronco Sport was not really comparable with much more of a truck feel to it. Probably a nice vehicle, but not for my current need.
 

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Wanted a good mpg vehicle that had decent room, a nice look, and no stupid 5-10k markup just because there's inventory issues. The Taos met all that criteria, and so far so good!
 

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We bought a Taos back in September as now have 3 drivers in the house. We looked at a Tuscon and Sportage. The Taos had the handling we liked, with safety features wanted for a new driver, and no ridiculous markup. My husband drives a Golf GTI autobahn that he’s happy with. Taos doesn’t handle as well as the GTI of course, but didn’t want a fast car for the new driver anyway.

We’re now buying a 2nd Taos to replace my car, a 2008 CRV. The catalytic converter was cut out and replacement part is minimum 2-3 months out, and I’ve already been 6 weeks without my car. I was going to replace my car next year and we were looking at the ID4. We can’t wait for an ID4 now (4-6 months wait). We’ve looked at other electric and plug-in hybrid cars (Rav 4 Prime, Tuscon and Sorento PHEV), but with dealers adding $3-7K, they’re not worth it. I like the Taos we have, so decided to get a second one as it fits our needs (as soon as I get the draw-tite hitch on it) and it gives us best value right now with issues with chip shortage. I’ll go for electric car next time. Kinda bummed can’t get the ID4, but I’ll be happy with the Taos. The lower MSRP helps too with earlier than expected car purchase. Can’t stomach paying higher MSRP and then $3-7K over for something else that feels like a compromise.
 

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Curious. I have not yet bought mine but also find nothing fully loaded under $40K of interest. What was your path to a Taos?
We were looking for something that would be good for a couple of long trips before we get an ID4 (if they ever get to us). Considered Rav4, CRV, and one of the Subaru, but happened into the VW dealer just to see if the Taos was roomy enough for a tall driver. It was, and I bought it. We had a 2011 Tiguan from new until 2016, and it was an excellent vehicle. The Taos is a little bigger and a good fit for us.

Another factor was warranty. VW is a year longer than Toyota, Honda and Subaru in Canada.
 

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Last November we realized that we would need to replace our 2004 Jetta. At the moment I found that VW still had the oktoberfest offers (in Canada) so I contacted our local dealership to get a 0% rate on a GLI. No GLIs were available so I opted for a 2021 Tiguan. No 2021 Tiguans either. So there was no stock around for published offers for 2021 models. We thought of an ID4 but they told us that there was a 1-2 year waiting period. They. offered me a 2022 Tiguan, too big for us. So at the end the Taos was the best option. We got our Taos last Thursday, on Friday one of the dealerships that I had contacted offered me a red ID4 that they had in stock for immediate delivery, too late! lol
 

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Was looking at A/Q3 but the price point of the Taos with the features the SEL trims has was a no brainer. Comparable Audi were in the 50ish range and like most cars you couldn’t find one. Got lucky that the Audi dealer was attached to a VW and they were pulling the last Taos they had into the showroom. Had no idea what is was but fell in love on the test drive.
 

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Curious. I have not yet bought mine but also find nothing fully loaded under $40K of interest. What was your path to a Taos?
I expected to lease my 4th Passat...but there was no availability when I was ready :( . I have thought about getting a AWD in the past, but didn't want to take the big hit with gas mileage. Drove the Taos, and loved it. I expect to love it more during the next Syracuse winter. Had real equity left in my lease, which will never happen again, so I took advantage of the situation. Only downside is, gotta sell a set of Blizzaks 235 45R18 used one season. Would have fit the Passat but not the Taos.
 

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tire calculator sites suggest your 235/45/18 is within the acceptable 3% of tire diameter difference:
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have your mechanic check the “offset”. That’s how far the wheel sits out/in from the hub. If it’s your lucky day, you’ll be fine! Good luck.
 
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