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Ultimate Affordable SUV? Why the 2023 Volkswagen Taos SE rules

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Typically, when you go big, the cost of ownership balloons right along with it. Take the SUV market for example. Some say there’s no such thing as an SUV that’s both budget-friendly and loaded with all of the bells and whistles. And for the most part, this statement remains strikingly true.

But somehow, the 2023 Volkswagen Taos has taken exception to this rule of the road. With a shockingly low starting MSRP of just $24,155, this all-new offering from VW is being heralded as “…the most cost-efficient SUV that Volkswagen offers and one of the most competitively priced SUVs in its class.” A machine that delivers all the technology, performance, and storage people demand out of an average upsized automobile, but with a price tag that isn’t going to send your pocketbook into a seizure.

In our opinion, the mid-trim level offers the best value. This is the VW Taos SE, which drivers can pick up all day long for just $28,925. It features a far more impressive highlight reel of technology and infotainment than its base model brethren while offering loads of storage, impressive performance and handling, and one of the most comprehensive safety features packages ever installed in a Volkswagen.

As we break down some of the finer points of the new Taos SE, note that you can test drive one anytime you like now that they have hit the market. So keep your eyes open the next time you’re shopping for new cars for sale in Houston.

2023 VW Taos SE performance specs

The VW Taos can be outfitted with either a four-cylinder 1.5T TSI engine that’s been mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission or a snappy 7-speed DSG transmission with 4MOTION®. The latter of the two options is the one we’d go with, as it offers four-wheel drive and increased stability and power distribution on challenging surfaces.

No matter which engine option you go with, the 2023 VW Taos provides drivers with 158 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Although that may not sound like much at first, the VW Taos has the lowest curb weight out of any VW SUV produced. The result is a profoundly peppy driving experience that is equally efficient and fun.

Speaking of efficiency, one of the other things we love about the VW Taos is its fuel economy. Drivers will get an estimated 28 miles per gallon in the city and 36 miles per gallon on the highway on pump gas, furthering reinforcing this SUV’s place as one of the most cost-effective vehicles in its class.

Features and technology of the 2023 VW Taos SE

The designers and engineers over at Volkswagen spare no expense when tasked with creating cars. This is especially true with the Taos, for it truly is an SUV that’s loaded with all the latest interior cabin features, infotainment, and safety technology. The IQ.DRIVE suite of driver assistance features issues audio/visual alerts when you’re about to enter harm’s way by making an unsafe lane change or when backing into traffic at the wrong time. It also features adaptive cruise control, active blind spot monitoring, and emergency assistance for those dicey situations where every millisecond matters.

Another notable feature in the 2023 VW Taos SE is Volkswagen’s clever Digital Cockpit, which replaces the base model’s analog instrument cluster with a crystal clear high-resolution digital display that you can customize. The VW Taos also features App-Connect, which allows drivers to seamlessly integrate their Apple or Android smartphone to deliver a truly hands-free experience while providing access to all of their favorite apps.

Other notable features of the 2023 VW Taos SE include:

● Heated washer nozzles

● Rain-sensing variable intermittent front wipers

● 8-way power adjustable driver seat with lumbar support

● 6-way manually adjustable passenger seat

● CloudTex seating surfaces

● Heated front seats

● Leatherette-wrapped, heated multi-function steering wheel

● Anti-theft alarm system w/ engine immobilizer

● 8″ touchscreen AM/FM/HD radio

● Keyless access with push-button start

● Remote engine start

● SiriusXM® (3-month trial subscription; requires acceptance of terms)

● USB-C interface and USB-C charging port

● Wireless charging (for compatible devices)

VW Carefree coverage warranty info explained

As with the purchase of any late model Volkswagen, VW Taos SE owners will receive one of America’s leading warranties: Volkswagen’s “Carefree Coverage” suite This suite of coverages and services features two years (or 20,000 miles) of scheduled carefree maintenance, three years (or 36,000 miles) of 24/7 roadside assistance, four years (or 50,000 miles) of new vehicle limited warranty coverage, and five years of remote features with the myVW app. All tallied up, this helps keep the cost of ownership down while ensuring your new Taos remains in stellar condition.

How to check out the 2023 VW Taos SE

Those searching locally for a 2023 VW Taos SE to test drive should have no trouble finding one. You can kick off your search by Googling the phrase “Volkswagen dealership near me” or “2023 VW Taos SE near me” to get started. Either one of those phrases should return locations of dealerships that carry the vehicle in your immediate vicinity.

Once you get behind the wheel, you’ll be able to experience the superior handling and performance of one of America’s best subcompact SUVs. Oh, and let’s not forget that the VW Taos was also recently named “Best City SUV” in Parents® 2022 Best Family Cars shopping guide, which earmarks this machine as an ideal graduation gift for recent grads.

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