2023 Volkswagen Taos

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  • Overview

    A grey 2023 Volkswagen Taos SE is angled left.

    Subcompact SUVs are popular among all kinds of drivers because they provide the capability and spacious interior of an SUV in a smaller package that’s easy to park and maneuver. The 2023 Volkswagen Taos pushes these advantages even further, like impressive fuel economy and an affordable price point that makes it an excellent value. Here at Bud Clary Auburn Volkswagen, we’re proud to carry this versatile model, which is great for everything from errand runs to epic road trips.

    There may be many competitors in the subcompact SUV class, but the Taos stands out from the pack. Its interior offers more cargo space than most, so you can store plenty of groceries, luggage, or camping supplies. It’s not just practical; it’s also fun to drive. The turbocharged engine is perky and is guaranteed to enhance your day-to-day driving experience. All of that is wrapped in a package that features streamlined styling and a bold look that’s easy on the eyes, so you’ll be proud to pull up in your Taos no matter where you’re headed.

    158

    Horsepower (hp)

    184

    Torque (lb-ft)

    28/36

    Fuel Economy (city/hwy MPG)

    Starting at

    $24,155[c]

  • Performance

    A blue 2023 Volkswagen Taos SEL is shown in close up.

    Under the hood, the Taos boasts a 1.5L turbocharged engine that provides up to 158 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive (FWD) comes standard, but all-wheel drive (AWD) is available if you want to get some extra traction on wet or icy roads. The 4MOTION AWD system automatically distributes power between the front and rear wheels, making changes as necessary for optimal stability and traction.

    4MOTION With Active Control

    On top of that, you can manually switch between the four available driving modes to get the best performance for your current situation. They consist of:

    On-Road Mode

    This is the most basic mode that optimizes fuel efficiency while driving on a paved road in good conditions.

    Snow Mode

    The engine upshifts earlier to prevent sending too much power to the wheels too quickly and keeps the rotations per minute down.

    Off-Road Mode

    Your vehicle will work to maintain good traction on rough terrain, and hill descent control will activate on steep grades.

    Off-Road Custom Mode

    You can set your own parameters, like steering and all-wheel drive options, so you have precise control over the vehicle.

    Transmissions and Suspension

    There are a few other differences between the FWD powertrain and the AWD version. The FWD Taos features a traditional eight-speed automatic transmission, while the AWD pairs with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The suspension systems are also different. With FWD, the Taos has a torsion-beam suspension that will deliver a smooth and comfortable drive under most conditions; however, with AWD, you’ll get a more advanced multi-link suspension that can handle bumps in the road with ease.

    Fuel Economy

    One area where the FWD delivers, though, is fuel economy. Either way, the Taos is an impressively efficient vehicle, especially for its size. According to the EPA estimates, the average 2022 vehicle gets 27 MPG. With AWD, the 2023 Taos gets an EPA-estimated 25 MPG in the city and 32 MPG on the highway.[a] The FWD version does even better, with an EPA-estimated 28 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on the highway.[b] That makes the Taos a smart choice, whether you take I-5 up to Seattle every day or take an epic road trip down I-5 to California.

  • Technology

    The black interior of a 2023 Volkswagen Taos SEL shows the steering wheel and infotainment screen.

    In the center of the dashboard on the Taos, you’ll find a touchscreen that controls the infotainment system. But in addition, the space behind the wheel also features a high-resolution screen. This fully digital cockpit replaces a traditional instrument cluster, allowing you to customize it to put the most important information front and center, so you don’t need to take your eyes off the road for too long to check important vehicle diagnostics or navigation directions.

    Connectivity

    Volkswagen knows that smartphones have become a big part of all of our lives. The Taos has plenty of features that make the most of smartphone technology to make the driving experience more convenient. This includes wireless charging that lets you keep your phone at full power without the need to clutter up the center console with charging cables, as well as a mobile hotspot, which gives you Wi-Fi access so you can browse the internet and answer emails on the go.

    The Volkswagen myVW app lets you hook your smartphone up (either by plugging it in or connecting wirelessly) to your vehicle’s interface, where you can access and control select apps through the touchscreen display. You can even turn your phone into a remote control for your car, letting you start the engine from afar and get the climate control going as you walk over, letting the cabin heat up or cool down to a comfortable temperature.

    For the Music Lovers

    If you love to listen to music while you drive, you’ve got plenty of options. In addition to accessing the music apps on your phone and traditional radio stations, you can also use SiriusXM satellite radio for ad-free music, comedy, news, and more. If you want to try it out, there’s an available three-month trial that you can use to see how you like it before committing. However you like to get your tunes, you’ll have a great listening experience with the available BeatsAudio system, which features eight speakers throughout the cabin and provides crisp, clear sound.

  • Trims

    A blue 2023 Volkswagen Taos SEL is shown parked in front of a building.

    The Taos is available in three trim levels, so you can choose the one that works best for your driving needs and budget. Each one brings plenty to the table, so there are no bad choices. It’s all about finding the best option for your unique needs and style.

    The Taos S

    The most basic and affordable trim, the Taos S still offers plenty of desirable features. A 1.5L turbocharged engine provides plenty of power, and LED headlights and taillights are bright enough to shine through any inclement weather. Since the S has keyless access with a push-button start, you won’t have to dig your keys out of your pocket or purse to start the car.

    You’ll also get a variety of high-tech safety features. Front assist alerts you to any pedestrians, vehicles, or other obstacles in front of your car and can brake automatically to prevent a collision. An active blind spot monitor makes changing lanes on the highway less stressful since you’ll know at a glance whether another vehicle is in your blind spot. Light assist comes in handy when driving down remote roads at night and will automatically turn on and off as other cars approach, so you don’t have to worry about manually switching back and forth to avoid blinding oncoming traffic.

    The Taos SE

    The Taos SE has larger 18-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires on the exterior, while inside, you’ll find comfortable CloudTex seating surfaces that look as good as they feel. On the tech side, this trim level comes standard with wireless charging, App-Connect smartphone integration, and remote engine start.

    The SE also comes standard with the full IQ.DRIVE suite of safety features. In addition to all of the ones found on the S, you’ll also get cutting-edge semi-automated driving capabilities, like travel assist, which provides steering support and can automatically adjust your speed under certain circumstances, and adaptive cruise control, which maintains a consistent distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, rather than a consistent speed. Rear traffic alert will sense cross traffic behind you while backing up.

    The Taos SEL

    Instead of the standard 8-inch digital cockpit, the SEL comes standard with a 10.25-inch version that’s easier to read at a glance. Dynamic road sign display makes it easy to double-check the speed limit and be extra aware of important traffic signs. Passengers can enjoy leather seating surfaces and a power tilting and sliding panoramic sunroof that lets in more natural light. The front seats can be heated and ventilated so you can stay comfortable in any weather.

    On the outside, you’ll get 19-inch alloy wheels and a light bar integrated into the front grille, adding an extra sense of style and a futuristic look. But perhaps the most futuristic light source is the adaptive front lighting system. The headlights feature dynamic cornering, meaning they’ll shift from left to right in sync with the steering wheel, so you can feel extra secure while traveling curves on dark roads.

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